People: Rio Tinto PLC (RIO.L)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jan du Plessis

60 2009 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Samuel Walsh

64 2013 Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

Christopher Lynch

60 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director

Alfredo Antonio Barrios Prieto

2014 Chief Executive of Rio Tinto Aluminium

Alan Davies

43 2012 Chief Executive - Diamonds & Minerals

Andrew Harding

47 2013 Chief Executive - Iron Ore

Jean-Sebastien Jacques

42 2013 Chief Executive - Copper

Harry Kenyon-Slaney

53 2012 Chief Executive - Energy

Hugo Bague

53 2009 Group Executive - Organisational Resources

Greg Lilleyman

47 2014 Group Executive - Technology & Innovation (T&I)

Debra Valentine

60 2009 Group Executive - Legal, External & Regulatory Affairs

Eleanor Evans

47 2013 Company Secretary

Tim Paine

50 2013 Company Secretary

Michael L'Estrange

2014 Non-Executive Director

Anne Lauvergeon

55 2014 Non-Executive Director

Simon Thompson

55 2014 Non-Executive Director

Robert Brown

69 2010 Non-Executive Independent Director

Michael Fitzpatrick

61 2006 Non-Executive Independent Director

Ann Godbehere

59 2010 Non-Executive Independent Director

Richard Goodmanson

66 2004 Non-Executive Independent Director

John Kerr

72 2003 Non-Executive Independent Director

Paul Tellier

74 2007 Non-Executive Independent Director

John Varley

58 2012 Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Mark Shannon

Head of Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Jan du Plessis

Mr. Jan P. du Plessis, BCom, LLB, CA(SA), is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Rio Tinto plc. He is Director of Rio Tinto since 2008. Jan was appointed chairman in 2009. He is the chairman of the Nominations Committee. Skills and experience: Jan, a South African and British citizen, became group finance director of Compagnie Financière Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group, in 1988. In 2004, he was appointed chairman of British American Tobacco plc, a position which he held until 2009. External appointments (current and recent): Non-executive director and senior independent non-executive director of Marks and Spencer Group plc since 2008 and 2012 respectively, non-executive director of British American Tobacco plc from 1999 until 2009 and chairman of the board from 2004 until 2009, non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Lloyds Banking Group plc from 2005 and 2008 respectively, until 2009.

Samuel Walsh

Mr. Samuel Maurice Cossart Walsh, AO, BCom (Melbourne) is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Rio Tinto Plc., with effect from January 17, 2013. Skills and experience: Sam, an Australian citizen, 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 during his career at Rio Tinto including chief executive of the Aluminium group from 2001 to 2004, chief executive of the Iron Ore group from 2004 to 2009 and chief executive, Iron Ore and Australia from 2009 to January 2013. Sam is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Academy of Technical Science and Engineering. In 2010, he was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia. External appointments (current and recent): Member of the Council of the International Council on Mining & Metals and a director of The International Council on Mining and Metals (UK) Limited since January 2013. Non-executive director of Seven West Media Limited from 2008 until January 2013.

Christopher Lynch

Mr. Christopher James Lynch, BComm, MBA, is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of Rio Tinto Plc. He has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the Company with effect from April 18, 2013. Chris, an Australian citizen, has nearly 30 years’ experience in the mining and metals industry. He was chief executive officer of the Transurban Group, an international toll road developer and manager with interests in Australia and North America, until 2012. His career has included seven years at BHP Billiton, where he was chief financial officer and then executive director and group president – Carbon Steel Materials. Prior to this, Chris spent 20 years with Alcoa Inc. where he was vice-president and chief information officer based in Pittsburgh, and chief financial officer Alcoa Europe in Switzerland. He was also managing director of KAAL Australia Limited, a joint venture company formed by Alcoa and Kobe Steel. External appointments (current and recent): Chief executive officer of the Transurban Group Limited from 2008 until 2012, commissioner of the Australian Football League from 2008 until March 2014.

Alfredo Antonio Barrios Prieto

Mr. Alfredo Antonio Barrios Prieto has been appointed as Chief Executive of Rio Tinto Aluminium of Rio Tinto Ltd., with effect from 1 June 2014. Alfredo Barrios’ most recent role was Executive Director and Executive Vice President Downstream at the joint venture TNK-BP, one of Russia’s biggest vertically integrated oil and gas companies, where he was responsible for the refining, trading, supply, logistics, and marketing businesses. He joined BP in 1992 and has enjoyed a varied and distinguished career including senior leadership roles in the United Kingdom, United States, Russia and Continental Europe. He has a strong track record of successfully delivering sustained safety and business performance, large capital intensive projects and international government relations.

Alan Davies

Mr. Alan Davies BBus (Acctcy) LLB, LLM, FCA, is Chief Executive - Diamonds & Minerals of Rio Tinto Plc. Alan was appointed chief executive, Diamonds & Minerals in 2012. He joined the Group in 1997 and has held management positions in Australia, London and the US for the Iron Ore and Energy businesses. Prior to his current role, Alan was president, international operations for Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore business with global accountability for operations and projects in Canada, India and Guinea. Alan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He was a director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 2010 to 2011.

Andrew Harding

Mr. Andrew Harding, BEng (Mining Engineering), MBA., is Chief Executive - Iron Ore of Rio Tinto Plc. Andrew Harding was appointed chief executive, Iron Ore in February 2013. Prior to his current role, Andrew spent three years as chief executive, Copper, where he was responsible for a range of mines and projects including the development of the world-class Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia. Andrew joined Rio Tinto in 1992 and spent seven years in Rio Tinto Iron Ore. He has also held a range of positions in Technology & Innovation, Energy and Aluminium and was president and chief executive officer of Kennecott Utah Copper. He was a director of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd between 2009 and 2010 and between 2011 and February 2013.

Jean-Sebastien Jacques

Mr. Jean-Sebastien Jacques, MSc, is Chief Executive - Copper of Rio Tinto PLC since February 14, 2013. He joined Rio Tinto in 2011 as president, International Operations – Copper, where he led a senior team and oversaw Rio Tinto’s interests in the Palabora Mining Company in South Africa, Northparkes Mines in Australia, Kennecott Eagle Minerals, the Pebble Mine in the US and Sulawesi in Indonesia. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Jean-Sébastien spent more than 15 years working across Europe, South East Asia, India and the US in operational and strategy roles in the aluminium, bauxite and steel industries. He served as group director, Strategy and was on the executive committee at Tata Steel Group from 2007 to 2011. Jean-Sébastien was appointed vice chairman of the International Copper Association in October 2013. He was a director of Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd from February to September 2013, a director of Bougainville Copper Limited from 2012 until April 2013, and a director of Palabora Mining Company Limited from 2011 until July 2013.

Harry Kenyon-Slaney

Mr. Harry Kenyon-Slaney, BSc (Hons) (Geology)., is Chief Executive - Energy of Rio Tinto PLC. He joined the Group in 1990 from Anglo American Corporation and has held management positions in South Africa, Australia and the UK. Harry spent his early career at Rio Tinto in marketing and operational roles in the uranium, copper and industrial minerals businesses. In 2004, he was appointed chief executive of Energy Resources of Australia and in 2007, managing director of Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium. Prior to his current role, he was chief executive of Rio Tinto’s Diamonds & Minerals product group. Harry has been a director of the World Coal Association since 2012 and became a director of the Coal industry Advisory Board to the IEA in March 2013.

Hugo Bague

Mr. Hugo Bague, MA (Linguistics)., is Group Executive - Organisational Resources of Rio Tinto Plc. Hugo Bague was appointed Group executive, Organisational Resources in 2013 after joining Rio Tinto as global head of Human Resources in 2007. Previously he worked for Hewlett-Packard where he was the global vice president, Human Resources for the Technology Solutions Group, based in the US. Prior to this he worked for Compaq Computers, Nortel Networks and Abbott Laboratories based in Switzerland, France and Germany. He has been a non-executive director and member of the nominating and governance committee, and the compensation committee of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated, a global real estate services firm, since 2011.

Greg Lilleyman

Mr. Greg Lilleyman, BEng (Construction), has been appointed as Group Executive - Technology & Innovation (T&I) of Rio Tinto PLC, effective 1 January 2014. He joined the Group in 1990 and held a number of operational roles across the Pilbara, Hunter Valley and Canada with both the Iron Ore and Energy businesses. In 2011 Greg was appointed president, Pilbara Operations for Rio Tinto Iron Ore and in August 2013 assumed the role of head of productivity improvement with Technology & Innovation. Greg was a board member of the Australian Institute of Management of Western Australia between 2012 and May 2013, a board member of the Energy & Minerals Institute between 2011 and May 2013, and a director of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia between 2008 and May 2013, holding the position of president between 2011 and May 2013. Since 2012 he has been a board member of the Curtin University Foundation.

Debra Valentine

Ms. Debra A. Valentine, BA (History), JD., is Group Executive - Legal, External & Regulatory Affairs of Rio Tinto Plc. Debra was appointed Group executive, Legal, External & Regulatory Affairs in 2009 having joined Rio Tinto as global head of Legal in 2008. She previously worked at United Technologies Corporation in the US where she was vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary. Before then, she was a partner with the law firm O’Melveny & Myers, in Washington D.C. Debra served as general counsel at the US Federal Trade Commission from 1997 to 2001. She has been a member of the US-based Council on Foreign Relations since 1993, and the American Law Institute since 1991. She is on the board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the North America Advisory Council at Chatham House.

Eleanor Evans

Ms. Eleanor Evans, LLB (Lond), is Company Secretary of the Company. Skills and experience: Eleanor joined the Group as company secretary of Rio Tinto plc and joint company secretary of Rio Tinto Limited in June 2013. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Eleanor was general counsel and company secretary at AMEC plc and chief legal officer and company secretary at Cobham plc. In both roles Eleanor was responsible for legal, compliance and secretariat matters globally, was a member of the executive committee and the risk committee, and was secretary to the board of directors and their principal committees. Eleanor commenced her career as a solicitor specialising in corporate and financial law with Norton Rose Fulbright and in her earlier career held senior legal roles at The BOC Group plc and Corus Group plc. External appointments (current and recent): Eleanor is a member of the executive committee of GC100, the Association of General Counsel and Company Secretaries of the FTSE 100, and is a trustee of the StepChange Foundation UK, a charity.

Tim Paine

Mr. Tim A. Paine BEc, LLB, is Company Secretary of Rio Tinto Plc. Skills and experience: Tim joined the Group as joint company secretary of Rio Tinto Limited in December 2012. He has over 20 years’ experience in corporate counsel and company secretary roles, including at ANZ Bank, Mayne Group, Symbion Health and Skilled Group. Tim commenced his career as a solicitor in private practice and has also managed his own consulting company.

Michael L'Estrange

Professor Michael L'Estrange AO has been appointed as Non-Executive Director of Rio Tinto Plc., with effect from 1 September 2014. Michael has nearly 30 years of distinguished public service experience in Australia, and brings to our board a wealth of expertise in foreign policy, international relations and trade. His appointment further reinforces the significance of Australia to Rio Tinto's global operations.” Michael L’Estrange said “Serving on the Rio Tinto board presents a wonderful opportunity, particularly in today’s dynamic international environment. I look forward to working with the board and management team as Rio Tinto looks to strengthen its global business.” Michael L’Estrange will join the nominations committee. There is no further information which is required to be disclosed under paragraph 9.6.13 of the United Kingdom Listing Rules. Michael graduated with Honours from Sydney University in 1974. . A History major, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and studied at Oxford University, graduating with First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He joined the Australian Government’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 1981. Among other appointments, he served on the Royal Commission into Australia's Security and Intelligence Agencies. In 1986, he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship and spent two years studying at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC and at the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. From 1989 to 1994, he worked in a range of policy advisory positions before he was appointed the inaugural executive director of the Menzies Research Centre in Canberra in 1995. In 1996, he was appointed by the Prime Minister as Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Cabinet Policy Unit. He served in that role until 2000 when he became Australia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

Anne Lauvergeon

Ms. Anne Lauvergeon has been appointed as Non-Executive Director of Rio Tinto Plc., with effect from March 15, 2014. She is currently a non-executive director of American Express Company, non-executive director of EADS N.V., non-executive director of Vodafone plc, non-executive director of Total SA and is also chairman and chief executive officer of French advisory company, A.L.P. SAS. Anne has advised that she will not put herself forward for re-election as non-executive director of Vodafone plc at their annual general meeting in July 2014. She was a non-executive director of GDF SUEZ from 2001 to 2012, vice-chair of Safran SA from 2001 to 2009 and from 2001 to 2011 she served as chief executive officer of AREVA Group.

Simon Thompson

Mr. Simon R. Thompson has been appointed as Non-Executive Director of Rio Tinto Plc., with effect from April 1, 2014. He has been chairman of Tullow Oil plc since 2012, non-executive director of AMEC plc since 2009 and a non-executive director of Sandvik AB since 2008. He has also served as a non-executive director of Newmont Mining Corporation since 2008, but will be retiring from that board during April 2014. He was an independent director of United Company Rusal from 2007 to 2009, and non-executive director of AngloGold Ashanti Limited from 2004 to 2008. Simon has a MA in Geology from University College, Oxford.

Robert Brown

Mr. Robert E. Brown, BSc., is Non-Executive Independent Director of Rio Tinto Plc. Bob is a Canadian citizen and contributes his considerable experience in large, high-profile Canadian companies. He is chairman of Aimia Inc., a customer loyalty management provider, and serves on the board of BCE Inc. (Bell Canada Enterprises), Canada’s largest communications company. He was previously president and chief executive officer of CAE Inc., a world leader in flight simulation and training. Before that he spent 16 years at Bombardier Inc., the aerospace and transportation company, where he was firstly head of the Aerospace Group and then president and chief executive officer. He has also served as chairman of Air Canada and of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. Bob was inducted to the Order of Canada as well as l’Ordre National du Québec. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from five Canadian universities. External appointments (current and recent): Non-executive director and chairman of Aimia Inc. since 2005 and 2008 respectively, non-executive director of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada since 2009, non-executive director of Fier CPVCMontreal L.P. since 2005, president and chief executive officer of CAE Inc. from 2004 until 2009, non-executive director of Ace Aviation Holdings Inc. from 2004 until 2009.

Michael Fitzpatrick

Mr. Michael Clifford Fitzpatrick, BEng, BA (Oxon), is Non-Executive Independent Director of Rio Tinto Plc. Michael, an Australian citizen, contributes wide-ranging investment and local knowledge of Australian business. He is chairman of Treasury Group Limited, a Sydney-based incubator of fund management companies, chairman of the Australian Football League and a former chairman of the Australian Sports Commission. After leaving professional football in 1983 and working for the Treasury of the State of Victoria and with investment banks in New York, Michael founded the pioneering infrastructure asset management company Hastings Funds Management Limited in 1994. He was a Rhodes Scholar in 1975. External appointments (current and recent): Non-executive director of Carnegie Wave Energy Limited since 2012, chairman of Infrastructure Capital Group Limited since 2009, chairman of the Treasury Group Limited since 2005, commissioner and chairman of the Australian Football League since 2003 and 2007 respectively, director of the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research since 2001.

Ann Godbehere

Ms. Ann Frances Godbehere, FCGA., is Non-Executive Independent Director of Rio Tinto Plc. Ann, a Canadian and British citizen, has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. She spent ten years at Swiss Re, a global reinsurer, latterly as chief financial officer from 2003 until 2007. She was interim chief financial officer and executive director of Northern Rock bank after its nationalisation. Ann is a qualified accountant. External appointments (current and recent): Non-executive director of British American Tobacco plc since 2011, non-executive director of UBS AG since 2009, non-executive director of Atrium Underwriting Group Limited and Arden Holdings Ltd since 2007, non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Prudential Public Limited Company since 2007 and 2009 respectively, chief financial officer and executive director of Northern Rock (Asset Management) plc from 2008 until 2009.

Richard Goodmanson

Mr. Richard Roy Goodmanson, MBA, BEc and BCom, BEng (Civil), is Non-Executive Independent Director of Rio Tinto Plc. Richard, a US citizen, was executive vice president and chief operating officer of DuPont until 2009. Prior to this he was president and chief executive officer of America West Airlines and senior vice president of operations for Frito-Lay, Inc., a North American division of PepsiCo. Richard has worked at senior levels for McKinsey & Co, where he led client service teams on major programmes of strategy development. He spent ten years in heavy civil engineering project management, principally in South East Asia, including the construction of the Hong Kong Subway System. External appointments (current and recent): Non-executive director of Qantas Airways Limited since 2008, economic adviser to the governor of Guangdong Province, China from 2003 until 2009, executive vice president and chief operating officer of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company Limited from 1999 until 2009, director of the United Way of Delaware from 2002 until 2009.

John Kerr

Lord John M.B.L. Kerr (Lord Kerr of Kinlochard) GCMG, MA., is Non-Executive Independent Director of Rio Tinto Plc. John, a British citizen, was a member of the UK Diplomatic Service for 36 years and headed it from 1997 to 2002 as permanent under secretary at the Foreign Office. He previously served in HM Treasury and in the former Soviet Union and Pakistan, and was ambassador to the European Union and the US. He has been an Independent member of the House of Lords since 2004. External appointments (current and recent): Advisory board member of Edinburgh Partners Limited since 2012, director and vice chairman of Scottish Power Limited since 2009 and 2012 respectively, chairman of the Centre for European Reform (London) since 2008, vice president of the European Policy Centre (Brussels) since 2007, trustee of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland since 2005, director of The Scottish American Investment Company plc since 2002, deputy chairman of Royal Dutch Shell plc from 2005 until 2012, chairman of the Court and Council of Imperial College London from 2005 until 2011, advisory board member of BAE Systems from 2008 until 2011, advisory board member of Scottish Power (Iberdrola) from 2007 until 2009, trustee of the National Gallery in London from 2002 until 2010, trustee of the Rhodes Trust from 1997 until 2010, a Fulbright Commissioner from 2004 until 2009.

Paul Tellier

Honourable Paul Mathias Tellier, LLL, BLitt (Oxon), LL.D, C.C., is Non-Executive Independent Director of Rio Tinto Plc. Paul, a Canadian citizen, entered the civil service in the 1970s. He was clerk of the Privy Council Office and secretary to the Cabinet of the Government of Canada from 1985 to 1992. He became president and chief executive officer of the Canadian National Railway Company from 1992 to 2002. Until 2004, he was president and chief executive officer of Bombardier Inc., the aerospace and transportation company. External appointments (current and recent): Chairman of Global Container Terminals Inc. since 2007, director of McCain Foods Limited since 1996, trustee of the International Accounting Standards Foundation from 2007 until 2012, co-chair of the Prime Minister of Canada’s Advisory Committee on the Renewal of the Public Service from 2006 until February 2014, strategic adviser to Société Générale (Canada) from 2005 until May 2013, member of the advisory board of General Motors of Canada since 2005, director of Bell Canada from 1996 until 2010, director of BCE Inc. (Bell Canada Enterprises) from 1999 until 2010.

John Varley

Mr. John Silvester Varley, BA, MA (Oxon), is Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Rio Tinto plc. John, a British citizen, joined Barclays PLC in 1982 after working as a solicitor. He was chief executive of Barclays from 2004 until 2010. During a 28-year career with the bank he held several senior positions, including chairman of the Asset Management division, group finance director and deputy chief executive. External appointments (current and recent): Director of Barclays PLC and Barclays Bank PLC from 1998 until 2010, non-executive director of BlackRock Inc. since 2009, non-executive director of AstraZeneca plc since 2006, chairman of Marie Curie Cancer Care since 2011 and chairman of Business Action on Homelessness since 2006.

Mark Shannon

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