Rio Tinto is welcoming three independent non-executive directors to its board this year, bringing the board back to full strength at 12 directors.
There has only been one female director on the Rio Tinto board since former non-executive director Dame Moya Greene stepped down from her position in June last year.
Greene attributed her exit to larger than anticipated time commitment.
The new directors, Hinda Gharbi and Jennifer Nason will join the board starting March this year.
Gharbi has served the role of Shclumberger executive vice president of reservoir and infrastructure since February last year.
The dual Australian-Tunisian citizen worked across engineering, functional and line management positions, including health and safety, human resources, technology development and operations across France, Malaysia, Nigeria, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Nason, on the other hand, is JP Morgan global chairperson with over 30 years’ experience of corporate finance and capital markets.
An Australian-US dual citizen, Nason has led the technology, media and telecommunications global practice from her base in the United States for the past 17 years.
Nason has also worked in the metals and mining sector team in Australia.
The third director, Ngaire Woods is the founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, professor of global economic governance and the founder and director of the Global Economic Governance Program at Oxford University.
Woods is set to join the Rio Tinto board in September this year and is a dual New Zealand and British citizen.
“I am delighted to welcome Hinda, Jennifer and Ngaire and look forward to benefitting from their insights and expertise in natural resources, finance, technology, governance and public policy,” Rio Tinto chairman Simon Thompson said.
“Their diverse international experience will further strengthen the Rio Tinto board.”