People: Rio Tinto Ltd (RIO.AX)
du Plessis, Jan
Mr. Jan P. du Plessis has been Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Rio Tinto Ltd since April 20, 2009. He has been on the Company's Board since September 1, 2008. He worked in various management positions in the South African Rembrandt Group from 1981, and in 1988 became Group finance director of Compagnie Financiere Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group. In 2004, he became chairman of British American Tobacco plc. He has served as Non-executive director of Marks and Spencer Group plc since 2008 and senior independent non-executive director from 1 March 2012, 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, chairman of RHM plc from 2005 until 2007. He is Member of the Remuneration Committee, Nominations Committee (Chairman) and Chairman's Committee of the Company. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from Stellenbosch University. He is a Chartered Accountant.
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