Rio Tinto has announced the appointment of Stephen McIntosh as the acting Group executive, Technology & Innovation.
Mr McIntosh – who has been with Rio Tinto for three decades – will replace outgoing executive Greg Lilleyman, who will leave the company after 25 years of service.
During his time with the company, Mr McIntosh has worked on projects in more than 45 countries spanning the A-Z of minerals and metals.
Most recently, he was head of Exploration, leading a 450-strong global team of employees operating in 20 countries.
Prior to this, he led Rio Tinto’s Project Generation Group for six years and transformed its activities to build a world-leading team of commodity, technical and ore body knowledge experts.
Commenting on the new appointment, Rio Tinto chief executive Sam Walsh said Mr McIntosh will join the company’s Executive Committee with immediate effect and retain the Exploration portfolio.
“Stephen is a highly respected member of Rio Tinto’s senior leadership ranks and brings to his new role a breadth of experience across multiple commodities and geographies,” he added.
“For a long time now, our T&I function has provided a point of strategic differentiation for Rio Tinto and Stephen will spearhead the Group’s drive for further productivity improvement across the business.”
Mr Walsh also thanked Mr Lilleyman for his years of dedication and service, highlighting his immense contribution to the development of the company’s world-class Pilbara operations.
“Greg has had a long career with Rio Tinto and played an important role in the development of our industry leading Mine of the Future™ programme in our Pilbara iron ore operations and has led our productivity drive. We wish him well for the future,” Mr Walsh concluded.