Dr Samuel (Sam) Maurice Cossart Walsh AO
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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