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Megan Clark joins Rio Tinto board

World Coal,

The Rio Tinto board announced that Megan Clark AC will join the board as a non-executive director.

Dr Clark has had an extensive career in both the private and public sector in Australia, combining expertise in the metals and mining business with high-level experience in science, research and technology. She is chief executive of Australia’s national research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Clark started her career as a geologist, holding various mineral exploration, mine geology and strategy roles with Western Mining Corp. before joining BHP Billiton in senior positions in technology and health, safety and environment. She has also been appointed to a number of influential advisory positions to both the Government of Australia and the World Economic Forum on science, technology, innovation and research.

Rio Tinto chairman, Jan du Plessis, said: "We are very pleased that Megan has accepted our invitation to join the Rio Tinto board. Megan not only has extensive mining experience, but is highly regarded and has, throughout her career, forged a strong reputation for driving a culture of innovation and technology, making her a great fit for Rio Tinto. Her appointment further reinforces the significance of Australia to Rio Tinto's global operations.”

Clark said “Over many years I have come to know Rio Tinto very well, and it’s a great global company with an exciting strategic outlook. I am delighted to join the Rio Tinto board and look forward to working with the board and management team as Rio positions its business for the future.” Megan Clark will join the nominations and sustainability committees. 

Adapted from press release by Sam Dodson

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