Sam Walsh  oversees Australia’s largest single  exporter and  the world’s largest producer of iron ore. Sam became CEO at Rio Tinto Iron Ore in December 2004. His career spans 20 years in the ore and aluminium product groups, following 20 years in senior roles in the automotive industry with Nissan and General Motors. Sam has  responsibility for operations and  projects in Australia, Canada, Brazil, Guinea and  India, as well as for Dampier Salt and  Rio Tinto Marine.  Sam is also  Chief Executive of Rio Tinto Australia  and  Chairman of Rio Tinto China. Sam’s keen interest in giving back  to the community is reflected in Rio’s employment schemes especially in the remote communities where the mines are creating jobs and training in remote areas for indigenous people in Australia  and  the third world. RTIO is the largest employer of Aboriginals  in Australia  other  than Government. Sam has  a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and  has  completed a Fellowship Program at Kettering  University in Michigan.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute  of Management, the Australian Institute  of Mining and  Metallurgy,  the Australian Institute of Company Directors and  the Chartered Institute  of Purchasing and  Supply. Sam’s other  appointments include  Non-Executive Director of West Australian Newspaper Holdings  Limited, Vice President of the Australia-Japan Business Co- operation Committee, Chair of Black Swan State Theatre Company, Chair of the WA Chapter of the Australia Business Arts Foundation, and  Chair of the Rio Tinto WA Future Fund.  Sam is also  patron of the State Library of Western Australia  Foundation. Sam has a great interest in the arts which began when he was  growing up absorbing the love of opera and classical music  in his home almost by osmosis. He has also accumulated a large and diverse collection of milk jugs.  Sam believes artistic  capital  is the  sign  of a rich society. In January 2010  Sam was  awarded an  Honorary Doctor  of Commerce in Edith Cowan University.  

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