London, England — MININGREVIEW.COM — 15 January 2009 – The Rio Tinto Group – the world’s third- largest mining company – has announced that Jim Leng will be appointed as chairman of the boards with effect from the conclusion of the annual general meeting of Rio Tinto Limited on 20 April 2009. He joins the boards immediately as chairman designate and a non executive director.
A company announcement here confirmed that current Rio Tinto chairman Paul Skinner had notified the boards of his preference to retire at the conclusion of the AGM on 20 April 2009.
Leng is currently deputy chairman of Tata Steel Limited in India – a position he has held since Corus Group was acquired by Tata Steel in 2007. He is also chairman of Tata Steel Europe – a position he has held since 2003. Leng’s previous roles include chief executive of Laporte plc and chief executive of Low and Bonar plc.
Commenting on his appointment, Leng said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Rio Tinto and taking up the chairmanship. Rio Tinto has a superb set of assets and strong prospects. I look forward to working closely with chief executive Tom Albanese and his team as we steer the company through the challenges of the current economic climate and beyond.”