Thursday 17th Oct, 2019

Rio Tinto reshuffles board, appoints Group Executive

Rio Tinto has been given the greenlight by the EPA to expand the West Angelas iron ore mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia.
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Mining company Rio Tinto has announced changes to its board and appointed a new Group Executive.

Barabara Levi has been selected to succeed Phillip Richards as Group Executive, Group General Council.

Levi is currently Group Legal Head, M&A and Strategic Transactions for pharmaceutical company, Novartis and will join Rio Tinto on 1 January 2020.

Richards will retire from Rio Tinto on 31 December 2019.

Levi has more than 20 years of experience in a number of senior legal roles across Europe and in the US, both in corporate and private practice.

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Prior to joining Novartis, she worked for several years as a corporate and transactional attorney with law firms in New York City and Milan. Levi is an attorney-at-law, admitted to the US Supreme Court, the New York Bar, and the Italian Bar (Milan).

“Barbara has extensive legal experience across corporate, commercial and compliance matters gained within a complex multinational organisation which makes her an ideal choice to lead Rio Tinto’s legal and compliance team,” Rio Tinto CEO, Jean-Sébastien Jacques said.

“I am delighted to welcome her to Rio Tinto and look forward to having her join the executive team.

“I would also like to thank Philip for his considerable contribution during his time with Rio Tinto. In particular he has driven some significant improvements across governance and compliance which have strengthened our business. I wish Philip and his family the best of luck for the future.”

Dame Moya Greene has also announced she will step down as Non-Executive Director after joining the Rio Tinto Board in September 2018.

“I have enjoyed my time on the Rio Tinto Board but the time commitment has proven more considerable than I had expected and I have taken the difficult decision to step down from Rio in order to re-focus on my other roles,” Greene said.

Greene has worked in both public and private sectors in a number of leadership roles. She moved into the business sector following a career in the Canadian civil service where she served as Assistant Deputy Prime Minister for Transport Canada.

“I would like to thank Moya for her contribution to Rio Tinto during her time on the board,” Rio Tinto Chairman, Simon Thompson said.

“My fellow directors and I wish her well for the future.”