Rio Tinto Alcan names Pierre Chenard to executive management team



    MONTREAL, Dec. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan today announced that
Pierre Chenard will join the group's executive management team. Mr. Chenard
will lead the legal function at Rio Tinto Alcan as vice president and general
counsel and will be based in Montreal, Canada.
    "Rio Tinto Alcan is pleased to welcome Pierre into the executive
management team of the new world leader in aluminium. Through his extensive
experience in the mining and metals sector Pierre is highly qualified to lead
this strategic function," said Dick Evans, chief executive, Rio Tinto Alcan.
    Pierre Chenard joined Alcan Inc. in July, 2000 as director, legal
services. He was responsible for providing legal support to all Alcan business
groups worldwide and served as the coordinator of Alcan's Global Legal Group.
His own legal work focused on mergers and acquisitions, international joint
ventures, project finance, strategic investment support and country risk
management.
    Prior to joining Alcan, Pierre was vice president corporate development
and general counsel of Cambior Inc., a Montreal-based mining company.
    Pierre holds Civil and Common Law degrees from McGill University, in
Montreal, Canada.

    About Rio Tinto

    Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the
UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London 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.

    %B NM %C 1,12,17 %D Pierre Chenard




For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto, Alcan Media Relations, Montreal:
Bryan Tucker, +1 514 848-8151, media.relations@alcan.com,
media.relations@riotinto.com; www.riotinto.com; High resolution photographs
available at: www.newscast.co.uk

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