London, England — MININGREVIEW.COM — 13 January 2009 – Leading international mining group Rio Tinto – which combines London and NYSE-listed Rio Tinto plc, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange – has announced that Rio Tinto Alcan CEO Dick Evans has given notice of his intention to retire and to step down from the boards of Rio Tinto on 20 April 2009.
A news release issued here said Jacynthe Côté – currently president and chief executive officer, primary metal of Rio Tinto Alcan – would take over as CEO of Rio Tinto Alcan, and would join Rio Tinto’s executive committee. To ensure a smooth transition, Evans would transfer executive responsibilities to Côté on 1 February 2009.
Côté joined Alcan in 1988 and has significant operational and international experience in the aluminium industry. As president and CEO, Primary Metal, she has been responsible for all primary metal facilities and power generation installations worldwide. Her previous roles in Alcan included president and CEO, Bauxite and Alumina business group, and other senior management roles in business planning, human resources and environment, health and safety.
Côté has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Laval University in Quebec.