London, England — MININGREVIEW.COM — 18 March 2009 – Leading international mining group Rio Tinto has announced that Jan du Plessis will be appointed as chairman of the boards with effect from the conclusion of the company’s annual general meeting on 20 April 2009. He joined the boards as a non-executive director on 1 September 2008
A statement released here confirmed that, as previously announced, Rio Tinto’s current chairman, Paul Skinner, would retire as chairman and a non-executive director at the conclusion of the AGM on 20 April 2009.
du Plessis commented: “Our immediate focus must be on giving Rio Tinto the best possible platform to create shareholder value, and to weather the tough and uncertain global economic conditions.”
Jan du Plessis will continue to be chairman of the board of British American Tobacco plc, a role he has held since 2004. He is also a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Lloyds Banking Group plc, although he has indicated that he intends to stand down from that role in due course. He has also been a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer Group plc since November 2008.