When Charles Goodyear left BHP Billiton on January 1 2008, having stepped back from his role as ceo the previous October, the commodities boom had a few months to run.
Iron ore miners were about to win yet another price increase from steel mills, and BHP’s audacious bid for Rio Tinto had just been launched by Goodyear's successor, Marius Kloppers.
Now ‘Chip’ Goodyear is back, as the chief executive-elect of Temasek, the secretive, and troubled, sovereign wealth fund of the Singaporean government.
It's a very different world.
Goodyear got out while the going was good at BHP, but there’s every indication that his new...