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Rio Tinto’s Copper & Diamonds group to be headed by Arnaud Soirat

22 june 2016
In an organisational restructuring exercise under its new CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques, Rio Tinto Group will now being divided into four product groups – Aluminium, Copper & Diamonds, Energy & Minerals and Iron Ore, as per press note from the Group.
Copper & Diamonds, which are “two marketing-led businesses” will now be combined into a single product group and will be headed by Arnaud Soirat, who will join the Executive Committee as Copper & Diamonds Chief Executive. Arnaud, currently Aluminium Primary Metal President and Chief Executive Officer, with more than 24 years of industry experience across three continents, will be based in London.
CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques said, “In the face of testing times for the industry, Rio Tinto is performing remarkably well. Our ambition is to deliver superior performance day-in and day-out so that we create value for our shareholders and communities now and over the long term. Our strategy, commitment to balance sheet strength and focus on shareholder returns will not change; but we are strengthening our structure and delivery by placing our assets at the heart of the business to drive improved performance.”
The new Rio Tinto Executive Committee will be: Jean-Sébastien Jacques, Chief Executive; Christopher Lynch, Chief Financial Officer; Hugo Bague, Organisational Resources Group Executive; Alfredo Barrios, Aluminium Chief Executive; Alan Davies, Energy & Minerals Chief Executive; Joanne Farrell, Health, Safety & Environment Group Executive; Stephen McIntosh, Growth & Innovation Group Executive; Chris Salisbury, Iron Ore chief Executive; Arnaud Soirat, Copper & Diamonds Chief executive; and Debra Valentine, Legal & Regulatory Affairs Group Executive.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Bureau, Rough&Polished