Sam Walsh overseas the world’s second largest mining company operating in 35 countries.

Sam became CEO at Rio Tinto in 2013. His career spans 22 years in the iron ore and aluminium product groups, following 20 years in senior roles in the automotive industry with Nissan and General Motors.

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. Rio Tinto Iron Ore 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, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, and the Australian Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering.

Sam is patron of the Black Swan State Theatre, the WA Chamber of the Arts and the UWA Hackett 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 2010 Sam was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Commerce in Edith Cowan University and in 2011 he was awarded the Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award.

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