Rio Tinto Plc is engaged in the business of finding, mining and processing of mineral resources. It operates through five product groups: Aluminium, Copper, Diamonds & Minerals, Energy and Iron Ore. The Aluminium product group produces bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum production. The Copper product group produces copper, with valuable by products of gold, molybdenum, silver and nickel. The Diamonds & Minerals product group is engaged in mining, refining and marketing operations across three sectors. The Energy product group includes thermal coal, coking coal and uranium. The Iron ore product group supplies the global seaborne iron ore trade. The company was founded on March 30, 1962 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
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Tom Albanese, Chief executive
Appointments: Director of Rio Tinto since 2006 (note C).
Appointment: Director of Rio Tinto since 2006. He was appointed chief executive in 2007.
Skills and experience: Tom joined Rio Tinto in 1993 on Rio Tinto's acquisition of Nerco and held a series of management positions before being appointed chief executive of the Industrial Minerals group in 2000, after which he became chief executive of the Copper group and head of Exploration in 2004.
External appointments (current and recent): Director of Ivanhoe Mines Limited from 2006 to 2007, director of Palabora Mining Company from 2004 to 2006, member of the executive committee of the International Copper Association from 2004 to 2006, member of the board of visitors, Duke University, Fuqua School of Business from 2009.
Guy Elliott, Chief financial officer
Appointment: Director and chief financial officer of Rio Tinto since 2002 (note C).
Skills and experience: Guy joined the Group in 1980 after gaining an MBA having previously been in investment banking. He subsequently held a variety of commercial and management positions, including head of Business Evaluation and president of Rio Tinto Brasil.
External appointments (current and recent): Non-executive director of Royal Dutch Shell plc since 2010 and chairman of its audit committee since May 2011, non-executive director and senior independent director of Cadbury plc from 2007 and 2008 respectively until 2010.
Sam Walsh AO, Executive director
Appointment: Director of Rio Tinto since 2009 and chief executive, Iron Ore and Australia.
Skills and experience: Sam joined Rio Tinto in 1991, following 20 years in the automotive industry at General Motors and Nissan Australia. He has held a number of management positions within the Group, including from 2001 to 2004 chief executive of the Aluminium group and since 2004 chief executive of the Iron Ore group. Sam is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In June 2010, Sam was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
External appointments (current and recent): Director of Seven West Media Limited since 2008.