People: Rio Tinto PLC (RIO)
31 Mar 2015
du Plessis, Jan
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 of SABMiller plc since 2014 and chairman-elect, non-executive director and senior independent non-executive director of Marks and Spencer Group plc since 2008 and 2012 respectively. Jan stepped down from the board of Marks and Spencer Group plc in March 2015.
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