Former Rio Tinto iron ore chief now heading Aurizon

Ousted Rio Tinto iron head Andrew Harding has been appointed as the head of Aurizon.

It comes on the back of the exit of current Aurizon CEO Lance Hockridge, who has led the company since it originally listed – as QR – in 2010.

Harding’s appointment follows a ‘global search’ by Aurizon for a new leader, and his own exit from Rio Tinto following new CEO J.S. Jacques reshuffling of the management team.

“Andrew’s ability and experience will be essential in driving the next phase of transformation to increase value for Aurizon shareholders,” Aurizon chairman Tim Poole said.

“He has global operational experience, has managed complex logistics operations attached to mining operations and has a detailed understanding of the issues facing our customers.”

Harding will officially step into the role on 1 December.