Rio changes board following exit of director

Ann Godbehere

Ann Godbehere has been appointed as senior independent director of Rio Tinto’s board, less than a week after the resignation of director John Varley.

In the role, Godbehere will lead the process to appoint a new Rio chairman to replace Jan du Plessis.

Godbehere, who was originally appointed to Rio’s board in February 2010, joins the remuneration committee and remains chair of the audit committee.

Meanwhile, Simon Thompson has been appointed chair of Rio’s remuneration committee. Thompson joined the board in 2014 and became a member of the remuneration committee last year.

The board changes follow Varley’s resignation last week as a non-executive director after he was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud in the United Kingdom.

Varley, who immediately stepped down from the board, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and one count of providing unlawful financial assistance.

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