Rio Tinto says it has reinforced a focus on driving mine-to-market value across the company with the appointment of Simon Trott as chief commercial officer (CCO).
In the newly created role, Trott will report to the chief executive officer and join the company’s executive committee.
Trott, currently salt, uranium and borates managing director, will start in the role in January next year. According to Rio, the CCO will ensure the company derives maximum value from its products and continues to strengthen customer relationships.
Trott, who will be based in Singapore, will be accountable for the sales and marketing, marine, commercial treasury, market analysis and procurement teams.
In his 18 years with Rio Tinto, Trott has held a variety of commercial, operating and business development roles across several commodities. He currently oversees operations in Australia, Africa, Europe and the United States.
Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques said Trott’s appointment showed the importance the miner placed on creating full value from mine to market.
“Commercial excellence is key to driving value outside the mine gate and fully complements our drive to unlock additional value through productivity improvements at our operations,” Jacques said.