London, England — MININGREVIEW.COM — 08 June 2009 – Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Sam Walsh has been appointed to the boards of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited as an executive director, effective immediately.
Revealing this in a statement here, Rio Tinto also announced that it had agreed with BHP Billiton to establish a production joint venture covering the entirety of both companies’ Western Australian iron ore assets. Walsh would become the initial chairman of the non-executive owners’ council of the joint venture.
Aged 59, he has been chief executive of Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore group since 2004. He joined Rio Tinto in 1991 and has held a number of management positions within the group, including chief executive of the Aluminium Group from 2001 to 2004.