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Rio Tinto appoints Simon Thompson as chair

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December 04, 2017

Outgoing Rio Tinto chairman Jan du Plessis will be replaced by ex-Anglo-American's Simon Thompson

Mining giant Rio Tinto has appointed former Anglo-American Plc executive Simon Thompson as its new chairman to succeed incumbent Jan du Plessis.

Mr Thompson, who has more than 20 years experience in the mining and metals industry, has been a non-executive director on Rio's board since 2014, and will take over as chairman in March 2018.

Outgoing chairman Jan du Plessis, who announced his retirement in March 2017, is to become chairman of UK telco giant BT Group.

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