​Rio Tinto chair du Plessis joins brewer

Rio Tinto chairman Jan du Plessis has joined the board of international brewer SABMiller.

He will step into an independent non-executive role from next month, and will move into the role of chairman in July 2015.

However the new role will not mean du Plessis will step down from Rio Tinto.

“Today’s announcement does not in any way diminish my strong commitment to Rio Tinto,” he said.

“I am excited about the excellent work that Sam Walsh and his management team are doing to deliver greater value for shareholders. I have assured the board of Rio Tinto that I would like to serve as chairman for several more years, subject of course to the board and shareholders wishing me to do so.”

However as part of the move du Plessis announced will step down from the role of non-executive director and senior independent director of the Marks and Spencer Group, with plans to leave the company during the first half of next year.

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