People: Praxair Inc (PX)
10 Mar 2014
Mr. Bret K. Clayton is Independent Director of Praxair, Inc. Group Executive since 2009, and a member of the Executive Committee from 2006 until March 1, 2013, of the Rio Tinto Group, an international mineral and metal production company based in the United Kingdom and Australia. Mr. Clayton is responsible for managing various aluminum businesses that are currently held for divestment. Previously, Mr. Clayton held various positions of increasing executive responsibility within Rio Tinto, including Group Executive for Business Support & Operations (2009-March 1, 2013), Chief Executive of Rio Tinto’s Copper and Diamonds Division from 2006-2009, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Energy America (comprising the U.S. coal operations) from 2002-2006, Chief Financial Officer of Rio Tinto Iron Ore from 2000-2002, and head of Rio Tinto’s Financial Planning and Reporting group (responsible for group financial planning and analysis) from 1996-2000. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Mr. Clayton worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers (1985-1994), primarily consulting to the mining industry. Mr. Clayton is currently a director of Constellium, a global aluminum fabrication company that is privately held. During the past five years, he also was a director of Turquoise Hills Resources (previously Ivanhoe Mines), a Canadian listed company, the International Copper Association and the U.S. National Mining Association. Clayton was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is a graduate of the International Executive Management Program of INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
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