Rio Tinto board appointment

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Chris Lynch today joins the Boards of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited as a non-executive director.

Chris Lynch has had an extensive career in the mining and metals industry, including seven years at BHP Billiton, where he was chief financial officer and then executive director and group president – Carbon Steel Materials. Prior to this he spent 20 years with Alcoa Inc. He is currently chief executive officer of Transurban Group and is also a commissioner of the Australian Football League.

Rio Tinto chairman Jan du Plessis said “I am delighted that Chris Lynch is joining the Boards. He has nearly 30 years of tremendous experience acquired in the mining and metals industry. In addition, Chris is a leading figure in the Australian business community and his appointment reflects the significance of Australia to Rio Tinto's global operations. He brings with him considerable international experience gained from other global businesses from which we also stand to benefit.”

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Biographical notes

Chris Lynch held a series of senior appointments at BHP Billiton between 2000 and 2007, spending six years as chief financial officer before becoming executive director and group president – Carbon Steel Materials.

Prior to that he held various senior leadership roles at Alcoa Inc, including vice-president and chief information officer (1999 to 2000), chief financial officer, Europe (1997 to 1999) and managing derector of KAAL Australia Limited, a joint venture between Alcoa and Kobe Steel of Japan (1995 to 1997).

Mr Lynch holds degrees of Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) both from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, and he is a fellow of CPA Australia.

The Company has received notification from Mr Lynch of the following matters under paragraph 9.6.13 of the UK Listing Rules:

Mr Lynch has been a director of the publicly-quoted companies listed below during the last five years:

Current directorships:
• The Transurban Group Limited comprising the following entities:
o Transurban Holdings Limited;
o Transurban Infrastructure Management Limited;
o Transurban International Limited;
o (since 18 February 2008)

Past directorships:
• BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton plc (until 30 June 2007)


About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and New York Stock Exchange listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, thermal and metallurgical coal, uranium, gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide and salt) and iron ore. Activities span the world and are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.


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