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Rio Tinto appoints managing director for China operations : Read More
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Ian Bauert takes on the role with immediate effect

Ian Bauert has been appointed by Rio Tinto as managing director, China, with immediate effect. Ian will report to Doug Ritchie, who last year assumed direct responsibility for Rio Tinto’s activities in China, in addition to his role as chief executive, Energy.

Tom Albanese, chief executive officer, Rio Tinto, said the new role underlines the importance the company places on enhancing its relationship with China. “I am deeply committed to developing our relationship with China. Ian’s experience and leadership will provide strategic direction and help guide all aspects of our engagement with China, one of our most important partners.”

In his new role, Ian will be based in Shanghai and will lead a 160-strong team of employees in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

“This appointment recognises the importance of China as a long term partner with our organisation and our intention to foster new and dynamic relationships as China's development continues,” Doug Ritchie said.

Ian began his career at Rio Tinto more than 30 years ago and has held various positions including managing director, Dampier Salt, managing director, New Business, Iron Ore. He had assisted in establishing the company’s first office in China more than 25 years ago.

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