Rio Tinto Chairman Mr Thompson Quits over Juukan Gorge
Rio Tinto Chairman Mr Simon Thompson has informed the Board that he will not seek re-election as a non-executive director at the 2022 annual general meetings
Rio Tinto Chairman Mr Simon Thompson has informed the Board that he will not seek re-election as a non-executive director at the 2022 annual general meetings of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited. Mr Thompson said “I am proud of Rio Tinto’s achievements in 2020, including our outstanding response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a second successive fatality-free year, significant progress with our climate change strategy, and strong shareholder returns. However, these successes were overshadowed by the destruction of the Juukan Gorge rock shelters at the Brockman 4 operations in Australia and, as Chairman, I am ultimately accountable for the failings that led to this tragic event.
Sam Laidlaw, senior independent director of Rio Tinto plc, and Simon McKeon, senior independent director of Rio Tinto Limited, will now therefore jointly lead the search for Simon’s successor as Chair.
In addition, Michael L’Estrange, a non-executive director, will retire from the Board at the conclusion of the 2021 AGMs.