18/03/2016

Rio Tinto, London

Jean-Sébastien Jacques to succeed Sam Walsh as chief executive

Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh will retire from the business on 1 July 2016 and will be succeeded by Copper & Coal chief executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques. To ensure a smooth transition, Jean-Sébastien, will join the board and become deputy chief executive with immediate effect.


During more than three years on Rio Tinto’s executive committee, Jean-Sébastien has brought greater focus to the copper and the coal businesses. He has delivered a step-change in both safety and cash performance while significantly reducing costs. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Jean-Sébastien worked for more than 15 years across Europe, Southeast Asia, India and the United States in a wide range of operational and functional positions in the aluminium, bauxite and steel industries. He served as group strategy director for Tata Steel Group from 2007 to 2011.


On 1 July 2016, Sam will also retire as a director after almost seven years on the Rio Tinto board.


Rio Tinto, London