UK-listed mining giant Rio Tinto has appointed Sam Laidlaw, the former boss of Centrica, as a non-executive director in a series of major board appointments today.

The world’s second-largest listed mining company also announced that the former boss of Sasol, David Constable, and the chief financial officer of Shell, Simon Henry, will become non-executive directors.

Current non-exec directors Robert Brown and Anne Lauvergeon are due to step down from the board later this year, said Rio.

Jan du Plessis, chairman, said he was “delighted to welcome David, Simon and Sam to the board of Rio Tinto”.

“Each of them has an outstanding pedigree, having operated in upstream, capital intensive and global industries. With diverse expertise across successful international engineering, resources and financial businesses, I have no doubt that their insight and hands-on experience will strengthen the board.”

Shell’s Mr Henry will leave the oil giant in June this year and take up his directorship at Rio from July 1. Mr Laidlaw and Mr Constable will join immediately.

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