Kellie Parker is the managing director of Rio Tinto Aluminium’s Pacific Operations, comprising four bauxite mines in Queensland and the Northern Territory, two alumina refineries and a power station in Gladstone, and four aluminium smelters in Australia and New Zealand. The business employs more than 6,000 people with a revenue base in excess of US$6 billion.
Her Rio Tinto career began in 2001 where she progressed through a number of safety, operational and leadership roles in the Iron Ore business before joining the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Executive team in 2014. In January 2016, Kellie was appointed Managing Director, Planning Integration and Assets where she had accountability for all future iron ore developments including automation and integrated operations.
Joining the Rio Tinto Aluminium business in August 2018, Kellie was appointed Managing Director of Pacific Operations in January 2019. Kellie is focused on implementing intelligent systems into the Aluminium business, taking advantage of a new wave of advanced data analytics and automation opportunities to better integrate and leverage the whole value chain and strong team of Pacific Operations.
By taking a customer-centric view, Kellie’s vision for the business is to integrate the value chain to ensure production is matched to demand and is robust to respond quickly to changes in all markets. She believes that work of the future will be underpinned by data and technology and people will have access to new and rewarding career pathways in mining and metal production.
Prior to working in the resources industry Kellie worked in the health care industry, both internationally and in Australia. Kellie holds a Bachelor of Science and a Health & Safety Diploma from Curtin University Western Australia.
Kellie Parker, Managing Director Pacific Operations at Rio Tinto, will be speaking on what’s impacting the global mining industry; how has this affected industry sentiment across the mining eco-system? within the Global Market Trends session at IMARC. Download the programme.