People: Rio Tinto PLC (RIO.L)
du Plessis, Jan
Mr. Jan P. du Plessis, BCom, LLB, CA(SA), is Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of Rio Tinto plc. He is Director of Rio Tinto since 2008. He was appointed chairman in 2009. He worked in management positions in the South African Rembrandt Group from 1981 and in 1988 became group finance director of Compagnie Financière Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group, before being appointed chairman of British American Tobacco plc (BAT) in 2004, a position which he held until 2009. Jan has been based in Europe for most of his career. He is Non-executive director and senior independent non-executive director of Marks and Spencer Group plc since 2008 and March 2012, respectively, non-executive director of BAT 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.
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