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Impressive women leading from the top of Rio Tinto

Impressive women leading from the top of Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto sees Moya Greene, long time CEO of Royal Mail join their board as as an independent non-executive director.

Further impressive women on the board include Megan Clark, an Australian citizen, with an extensive career in both the private and public sector, combining expertise in the metals and mining business with high-level experience in science, research and technology; and Ann Godbehere, a Canadian and British citizen, has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. 

Accomplished women on Rio Tinto's executive team

Meanwhile, Rio Tinto has three impressive women on its Executive Team whose strategy focuses on the “four Ps” - portfolio, performance, people and partners - underpinned by disciplined capital allocation.

Joanne Farrell was appointed Group executive, Health, Safety & Environment in July 2016. She has more than 35 years’ experience in the mining sector, and is also responsible for leading Rio Tinto’s interaction with key stakeholders in Australia as managing director, Australia. Joanne has been with Rio Tinto for 30 years and brings a wealth of experience from roles across Organisational Resources, Government Affairs and Communities. She worked for BHP before joining Rio Tinto and prior to that was an economist in regional development with the Government of Western Australia. Joanne is a director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, a director of the Business Council and a member of its Economics and Competition and Citizenship and Governance Committee, a specialist adviser to the Male Champions of Change and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Rio Tinto - Joanne Farrell - Gender parity advocate

HR leadership role

Vera Kirikova, Rio Tinto's Human Resources Group executive, joined Rio Tinto in 2015 as vice president, Human Resources for the Diamonds & Minerals product group and was appointed head of Human Resources for the Group. She has accountability for the Group’s Human Resources function, including strategy and execution. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Vera was employed by Schlumberger, where she worked for over 20 years in human resources, operations, marketing and M&A positions in the US, Canada, UK, Russia and France. Vera was born in Russia and is a Canadian citizen.

Women making a big impact at Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques said “It is clear as an industry we need to lift our game in how we attract and retain top talent and as the world becomes more complex we need to partner better with our customers, governments and society.

“These areas are a core part of our strategy and critical to building a successful Rio Tinto as we look ten years ahead. Vera and Simone will bring a fresh perspective to our thinking in these areas at the top table and I welcome them both to the team," he says.

Thriving in a corporate career

Simone Niven, a Corporate Relations Group executive, joined Rio Tinto in 2008 and has accountability for the Group’s reputation and corporate relations areas - external affairs, communities, media, reputation and employee communications. She also has responsibility for the leadership of the country and regional office teams including Africa, Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, UK and the US. Prior to joining Rio Tinto she spent over 15 years working in senior roles at some of the world’s largest companies across many continents, including Vodafone, the United Technologies group, Smiths Group plc and Smith & Nephew plc in a range of corporate relations fields. Simone is a dual Australian-British citizen.

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