Rio Tinto has announced Greg Lilleyman is the new group executive Technology & Innovation.
It comes on the back of Preston Chiaro announcing his impending retirement, with plans to leave the company at the end of March next year.
Lilleyman will officially step into the role on 1 January 2014.
Chiaro has been with Rio since 1991, when he joined as vice president, technical services at Rio's
Since then he has held a number of different roles, including general manager of Boron Operations in
Rio CEO Sam Walsh stated that "under
"I would like to thank
Earlier this month Chiaro launched a newRio Tinto Centre for Emergent Technology, in a partnership with the
Lilleyman, Chiaro's replacement, previously worked under the iron ore division with Walsh, and was president of the Pilbara operations.
Walsh stated: "I'm delighted Greg will be joining my Executive Committee and I know from having worked with Greg for a number of years that he will make a valuable contribution to my senior team.
"His task will be to ensure that Rio Tinto remains at the forefront of developing and deploying sector leading technologies that change the way we look at mineral deposits, make our operations safer, help us manage costs and respond to environmental imperatives. A task I’m sure he will relish."