Peter Cunningham confirmed as Rio Tinto’s Chief Financial Officer

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Rio Tinto has announced the appointment of Peter Cunningham as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective immediately.

Mr Cunningham – will also join the Rio Tinto Board as an executive director – has been Interim Chief Financial Officer since 1 January 2021.

He was previously Group Controller and has held a number of senior financial and non-financial leadership positions across Rio Tinto in Australia and the UK.

In a career spanning nearly three decades with Rio Tinto, Mr Cunningham has held roles including Global Head of Health, Safety, Environment & Communities; Head of Energy and Climate Strategy; and Head of Investor Relations.

Prior to joining Rio Tinto, he qualified as a chartered accountant.

Rio Tinto Chief Executive Jakob Stausholm said he was delighted to confirm Mr Cunningham in the role.

“Having worked closely with him for a number of years, I know he is the ideal person to be our Chief Financial Officer,” Mr Stausholm continued.

“His detailed knowledge of the company and of the financial and non-financial drivers of our industry will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen Rio Tinto.”

Rio Tinto Chairman Simon Thompson added “I look forward to Peter joining the Rio Tinto Board and know from experience that his deep understanding of Rio Tinto and commitment to disciplined capital allocation will serve shareholders well and enrich our Board discussions.”

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