Three new non-executive directors join Rio’s board

Shell CFO Simon Henry will join Rio Tinto's board of directors

Rio Tinto has appointed three new non-executive directors including former Shell chief financial officer Simon Henry.

The non-executive directors also include David Constable former chief executive of chemicals and energy company Sasol and Sam Laidlaw, former chief executive of energy and services business Centrica.

Both Constable and Laidlaw will be appointed immediately while Henry will join the board from July 1.

Non-executive directors Anne Lauvergeon and Robert Brown will step down from the board at the company’s annual general meeting on May 4.

Henry joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1982, holding senior roles throughout the business in Europe, the Middle East and Asia before being appointed as CFO and a board member of the company in 2009. He is also a non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group.

Constable has more than 30 years’ experience in senior roles at large scale construction and engineering companies, particularly with Fluor Corporation. He later served as president and CEO of Sasol from 2011 to 2016.

He is a non-executive director of Anadarko Petroleum and ABB.

Laidlaw has held executive roles in the energy industry for several years before working as CEO of Centrica for eight years until 2014. He is also a non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group.

Rio Tinto chairman Jan du Plessis welcomed the three new board members.

“Each of them has an outstanding pedigree, having operated in upstream, capital intensive and global industries,” du Plessis said.

“With diverse expertise across successful international engineering, resources and financial businesses, I have no doubt that their insight and hands-on experience will strengthen the board.”

In addition, du Plessis also acknowledged the work of leaving members Lauvergeon and Brown and thanked them for their service.

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