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Sam Walsh

Sam Walsh was appointed chief executive of Rio Tinto in January 2013. Prior to his appointment, he led a number of Rio Tinto’s product groups including Aluminium (2001-2004) and Iron Ore (2004-2013) and in 2009 he joined the board as a director. He plays a key role in charity, community and business associations in both the UK and Australia. In recognition of his distinguished service to the mining industry and the community of Western Australia, Sam was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010. A strong supporter of the arts, in 2013 Sam was awarded honorary life membership of the Western Australian Chamber of Arts and Culture and made a patron of the Western Australian State Theatre. In 2014 he was appointed a Trustee of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation. Sam’s keen interest in supporting international trade led to his appointment as Co-Chair of the 2015 B20 Anti Corruption Workstream and his appointment in January 2015 as co-chair of the Australia-India CEO Forum. In 2012, he was awarded a Gold Medal by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and between 2008 and 2013 he was a director of Australia’s largest diversified media company, Seven West Media. Sam is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM), the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and a Member of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM). In 2015, he was awarded an Institute Medal from AusIMM in recognition of his outstanding leadership and support of the Australasian minerals sector. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and has completed a Fellowship Program at Kettering University in Michigan.