Jean-Sébastien (J-S) Jacques was appointed a director of the Rio Tinto board in March 2016 and became chief executive officer in July 2016.
J-S has over 25 years’ experience in heavy industry and mining. He has gained extensive global experience leading businesses in developed and emerging markets in Australia, Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe. J-S has a strong strategic approach guided by a consistent set of values and a proven track record of delivering results.
J-S was appointed chief executive officer of Rio Tinto’s Copper group in 2013 and chief executive officer of the Copper & Coal group in February 2015. He led the transformation of this group delivering a step change in both safety and cash performance whilst reshaping the portfolio to focus on its highest quality assets. He also had responsibility for two of the group’s major growth projects, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia and Resolution in the US, both of which saw significant progress during his tenure. He was the Chairman of the International Copper Association from late 2014 to 2016.
Prior to joining Rio Tinto in 2011, J-S worked in a wide range of operational and functional roles in the aluminium, bauxite, steel industries and served as group director, Strategy for Tata Steel Group from 2007 to 2011.
J-S holds a Master of Science from École Centrale Paris.
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