Rio Tinto has appointed former CSIRO chairman and 2011 Australian of the Year Simon McKeon as an independent non-executive director.
Mr McKeon, who was chairman of the federal government’s scientific research body between 2010 and 2015, was founding president of the Australian Takeovers Panel, was previously an executive at Macquarie Group and chairman of AMP for two years until 2016.
Rio Tinto chairman Simon Thompson said Mr McKeon’s extensive experience, which also includes his current roles as chancellor of Monash University and a non executive director of Spotless.
“Simon’s appointment further strengthens the Australian contingent on the board,” Mr Thompson said in a statement.
“His extensive experience of the Australian business and political environment as well as civil society, will bring invaluable insight in relation to Australia, home to some of Rio Tinto’s key assets.”