Former chief executive of the CSIRO Megan Clark is set to join Rio Tinto’s board as a non-executive director.
Rio Tinto chairman Jan du Plessis said the company was pleased Clark had accepted its invitation to join the board.
“Megan not only has extensive mining experience, but is highly regarded and has, throughout her career, forged a strong reputation for driving a culture of innovation and technology, making her a great fit for Rio Tinto. Her appointment further reinforces the significance of Australia to Rio Tinto's global operations,” du Plessis said.
Clark is the second Australian to be appointed to the Rio board this year after Michael L'estrange received the call-up in May.
Clark was to leave the CSIRO in December, but Rio said she would step down from the position immediately.
In her early career, Clark worked for Western Mining Corporation and BHP Billiton before joining the CSIRO in 2009.
In 2014, Clark was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to scientific research and development.