Andrew Harding was appointed chief executive of Rio Tinto’s extensive Iron Ore product group in February 2013, accountable for operations and projects in Australia, Canada and India and for Rio Tinto Marine.

Rio Tinto global iron ore production in 2016 is expected to be around 350 million tonnes.

Our significant Pilbara based operations include a fully integrated network of 15 mines, 1,700 kilometres of railway and four independent port terminals. Recent infrastructure expansion has increased capacity to 360 million tonnes a year


 Andrew also has Rio Tinto Executive Committee responsibility for Australia, China and Korea. These are countries in which Rio Tinto has a significant presence, with around half of our global operations based in Australia and an important customer base and large proportion of sales to China and Korea.

Andrew previously spent three years as chief executive of the Rio Tinto Copper product group, responsible for a range of operations and projects around the world. This included the development of the world-class Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia.

His Rio Tinto career also includes being president at Kennecott Utah Copper in Salt Lake City, along with key roles in the Energy, Bauxite and Technology and Innovation portfolios.



Andrew holds an MBA from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Mining Engineering degree from the University of New South Wales.

He is a member of the 2012 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute, a leadership programme specifically designed to address the challenges faced by local communities and society more broadly.

Andrew has been active in the many communities in which he has lived and worked. He has focused on initiatives that more directly link the community with local mining operations, including school and vocational education, opportunities for small and medium size businesses and the importance of a vibrant culture/arts sector.



 Most recently, Andrew has continued Rio Tinto's leadership with Indigenous Australians, particularly supporting their constitutional recognition through the Recognise campaign.

Andrew is a board member of the Black Swan State Theatre Company, the Energy and Minerals Institute at the University of Western Australia and the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Council. He is also a member of the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention.

Andrew is based at Rio Tinto’s global iron ore headquarters in Perth, Western Australia.

He is married and has three children.