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Luncheon with Andrew Harding, Rio Tinto Chief Executive, Iron Ore, Japan, Korea and China

Luncheon with Andrew Harding, Rio Tinto Chief Executive, Iron Ore, Japan, Korea and China 
Date: Monday, 30 March 2015
Time: 12:00 - 14:00
Venue: ANA InterContinental Tokyo Galaxy III (1-12-33, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Admission: 6,000 JPY (member), 7,500 JPY (nonmember)
Registration Deadline: Thursday, 26 March 2015

ANZCCJ and Rio Tinto Japan Proudly Present

“Relationships and partnerships: why they remain fundamental to business success"

Andrew Harding, Rio Tinto Chief Executive, Iron Ore

The way we lead and position our businesses must take into account market and related cycles, often with periods of increased volatility.  This is important not only in the way we structure our organisation, but also for the way we work with those external to the business - investors, customers, suppliers, regulators and communities, for example.  Relationships, indeed partnerships, are formed and are fundamental drivers to business success. 

Andrew Harding is Rio Tinto’s chief executive for Iron Ore and for Japan, Korea and China.  He is accountable for operations in Australia and Canada and also Rio Tinto Marine, the world’s largest dry bulk carrier; overall, it is a business that employs 20,000 people globally, and had underlying earnings of more than $8B in 2014.  It is also at the forefront of safe, low-cost capacity growth and production, primarily focused on supplying to steel mills in China and Japan. Rio Tinto is also a major supplier of other commodities to Japan including coal, salt, uranium and diamonds from Australia and is one of Japan’s largest suppliers of aluminium, mainly from its New Zealand smelter.

Please do not miss this special opportunity to hear Andrew share with the ANZCCJ membership some of the iron ore supply and demand fundamentals; the positioning of Rio Tinto in the marketplace; the drive for productivity improvements and cost-outs; and the importance of relationships and partners to add business value.  He will also discuss his own personal thoughts about leadership.

 Speaker Biography

Andrew Harding was appointed chief executive of Rio Tinto’s extensive Iron Ore product group in February 2013, accountable for operations and projects in Australia, Canada and India and for Rio Tinto Marine.

In 2014, the Iron Ore business globally delivered 305 million tonnes into the seaborne iron ore market.  This generated net earnings of more than US$8 billion.

Rio Tinto's significant Pilbara based operations include a fully integrated network of 15 mines, 1,700 kilometres of railway and four independent port terminals. Infrastructure capacity will be expanded to 360 million tonnes per annum in the next few months. 

Andrew also has Rio Tinto Executive Committee responsibility for Japan, Korea and China. These are countries which, as global economic powerhouses, account for a significant proportion of sales from Rio Tinto.

Andrew previously spent three years as chief executive of the Rio Tinto Copper product group, responsible for a range of operations and projects around the world.  This included the development of the world-class Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia.

His Rio Tinto career also includes being president at Kennecott Utah Copper in Salt Lake City, along with key roles in the Energy, Bauxite and Technology and Innovation portfolios.

Andrew holds an MBA from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Mining Engineering degree from the University of New South Wales.

He is a member of the 2012 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, a leadership programme specifically designed to address the challenges faced by local communities and society more broadly.

Andrew has been active in the many communities in which he has lived and worked.  Most recently he has focused on initiatives that more directly link the community with local mining operations, including school and vocational education, opportunities for small and medium size businesses and the importance of a vibrant culture/arts sector.

He is chair of the Rio Tinto Community Investment Fund and a board member of the Black Swan State Theatre Company, the Energy and Minerals Institute at the University of Western Australia and the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Council.  He is also a member of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention.

Andrew is based at Rio Tinto’s global iron ore headquarters in Perth, Western Australia.

He is married and has three children.

Registration/Cancellation Deadline: Thursday, 26 March.
No shows/cancellations after deadline will be invoiced.
Please contact the Secretariat for any dietary requirement by Thursday, 26 March.


Earlier Event: February 17
JNZBC Executive Meeting
Later Event: August 31
Two Presentation for JNZBC Members