Rio Tinto Alcan executive, Christophe Villemin, selected among 245 distinguished young leaders as a Young Global Leader 2008 of the World Economic Forum



    MONTREAL, March 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan is proud to announce
that Christophe Villemin, president, Specialty Sheets, Engineered Products,
has been selected as a Young Global Leader 2008 of the World Economic Forum
(WEF). Every year, the WEF acknowledges and honours the globe's top 200 to 300
young leaders for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society
and potential to help shape the future of the world.
    "Throughout his successful career at Rio Tinto Alcan, Christophe has
always shown a remarkable and natural ability to make intelligent and socially
responsive business decisions," said Dick Evans, chief executive, Rio Tinto
Alcan. "His active personal involvement in health, safety and the environment,
sustainability and climate issues, was instrumental in the development of the
innovative solar cooker concept. Today in Indonesia and Africa, the solar
cooker is helping improve the well-being of local populations and reduce their
environmental impact."
    Christel Bories, president of Rio Tinto Alcan Engineered Products, added:
"Under Christophe's strong leadership, Alcan Specialty Sheet has
systematically embedded product stewardship and recycling in its diversified
offer for the automotive, packaging and energy efficiency markets."
    The Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL) was created in 2004 by Klaus
Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the WEF, and works in close
collaboration with the WEF. The Forum is a unique, diverse and global
community of the world's most outstanding leaders under the age of 40. These
next-generation leaders commit a portion of their time to shaping a better
future, thereby improving the state of the world. The Forum currently includes
650 young business, social, political, intellectual and cultural leaders from
more than 100 countries.
    Drawn from a pool of almost 5,000 candidates, the YGL 2008 were chosen by
a selection committee composed of 31 eminent international media leaders and
chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of
Jordan. "It is our privilege to work with such inspirational leaders and to
bring them together in a global network that builds their insights and skills
even further, providing them with an international platform to tackle the key
challenges of our generation," said David Aikman, senior director and head of
the Forum of Young Global Leaders
    The YGL 2008 include 121 leaders from 65 countries. Joining Mr. Villemin
this year are H.R.H. King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, King of Bhutan; John
R. Baird, Canadian minister of the Environment; Anderson Cooper, anchor of
CNN's 360 degrees; Leonardo DiCaprio, actor; Joseph Kabila, president of the
Democratic Republic of Congo; Anoushka Shankar, musician; Rama Yade, France's
minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Human Rights; and, among others, Mia
Hamm, founder of the Mia Hamm Foundation.
    For more information regarding the WEC Young Global Leaders, please visit
www.younggloballeaders.org.

    About Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto
Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
    Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral
resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and
uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and
iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia
and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe
and southern Africa.

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For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Montreal:
Stefano Bertolli, +1-514-848-8151, stefano.bertolli@alcan.com; Rio Tinto Alcan
Media Relations, France: Chrystèle Ivins, +33-1-57-00-24-18,
chrystele.ivins@alcan.com, questions@riotinto.com, Website:
www.riotinto.com/riotintoalcan

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