21 – 23 May 2019 I Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Chris Salisbury

Chris Salisbury

Chief Executive Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

Chris Salisbury

Chief Executive Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

Chris Salisbury is the chief executive – Iron Ore at Rio Tinto, with accountability for an extensive suite of assets, operations and supply chain logistics in the Pilbara, Western Australia, as well as for its sales, marketing and marine operations.

Rio Tinto’s iron ore business comprises an integrated system of 15 mines, 1700 kilometres of rail, 4 independent port terminals and a range of related infrastructure. Quality iron ore products are mined, processed and shipped to a large number of global steel mill customers, particularly focused in the Asian markets of China, Japan and Korea.

In 2015, Rio Tinto shipped 319 Mt of iron ore from the Pilbara, with related earnings of around $4 billion.

During the 2016 Rio Tinto chief executive transition, Chris was appointed acting chief executive Copper and Coal, a large global portfolio of managed and non-managed assets.  This comprised operating and greenfields locations, including Kennecott Utah Copper and Resolution in the US; Escondida in Chile; Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia; La Granja in Peru; and the Australian and African coal assets.

Immediately prior to this, Chris was chief operating officer of Rio Tinto Coal Australia, which develops and manages several high quality coal operations in New South Wales and Queensland. Chris was also accountable for Zululand Anthracite Colliery based in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Chris joined Rio Tinto in 1988 and his experience spans a variety of other operational and senior management roles across bauxite, alumina refining, aluminum smelting, coal, port logistics and uranium.

These have included managing director of Rössing Uranium Ltd based in Namibia; chief operating officer Pacific – Bauxite and Alumina; and chief executive – Energy Resources of Australia (ERA). He has also held general manager Operations roles within uranium and coal.

Chris holds a metallurgical engineering degree and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chris has been active in the many communities in which he has lived and worked. He has focused on initiatives that contribute to health, education, sport, local business development, and sustainability beyond mining.

Continuing Rio Tinto’s leadership position, Chris also has a focus on opportunities for Indigenous Australians, and remains a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity initiatives.

Chris has significant previous experience at board level, both within Australia and globally, including with Queensland Alumina Limited, Port Waratah Coal Services, the Australian Uranium Association and the World Coal Association.

He is presently a board member of the Minerals Council of Australia, the Energy and Minerals Institute at the University of Western Australia and the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Council.

Chris is based at Rio Tinto’s iron ore headquarters in Perth, Western Australia.

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