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Rio Tinto board changes
9 February 2010
Rio Tinto today announces the appointment of Ms Ann Godbehere and Mr Robert Brown
as non executive directors to join the boards of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited. In
addition, the boards have received notification from Sir David Clementi and David
Mayhew that they will be retiring as non executive directors upon the conclusion of the
2010 annual general meetings.
Ann Godbehere joins the boards and the Audit committee today and will succeed Sir
David Clementi as chairman of the Audit committee. Ann has more than 25 years’
experience in the financial services industry. She spent 10 years at Swiss Re, latterly as
chief financial officer. Her non executive directorships include UBS AG and Prudential plc
where she is chair of its Audit committee.
Sir David Clementi has notified the boards that he will be retiring as a non executive
director and therefore as chairman of the Audit committee upon the conclusion of Rio
Tinto’s annual general meeting in Australia on 22 April 2010. Sir David has been a non
executive director of Rio Tinto since 2003.
As indicated at the 2009 AGMs, David Mayhew will also be standing down from the
boards upon the conclusion of Rio Tinto’s annual general meeting in Australia on 22
April 2010. He has been a non executive director of Rio Tinto since 2000.
Jan du Plessis, chairman, said “I am very pleased to welcome Ann to the Rio Tinto
boards. She brings substantial financial services’ experience that will be of particular
value to the Audit committee. I would also like to pay tribute to the valuable contributions
made by Sir David Clementi and David Mayhew during their many years as non
executive directors. I wish them well for the future.”
Robert Brown joins the boards on 1 April 2010. He has considerable global business
experience. He is currently chairman o