Rio Tinto Alcan names Sandeep Biswas to executive management team



    MONTREAL, Oct. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan today announced that
Sandeep Biswas will join the group's executive management team. Mr. Biswas
will lead the Business Development function at Rio Tinto Alcan's headquarters
in Montreal, Canada.
    Previously, Mr. Biswas was managing director, smelting, Australia, Rio
Tinto Aluminum, where he was responsible for Rio Tinto Aluminum's smelters in
Gladstone, Queensland and Bell Bay, Tasmania and for global sales and
marketing and greenfield smelter development.
    "Rio Tinto Alcan is pleased to welcome Sandeep into the executive
management team of the new world leader in aluminium. Through his
international experience in the resource sector, Sandeep is highly qualified
to lead this strategic function," said Dick Evans, chief executive, Rio Tinto
Alcan. "Sandeep's appointment underlines the shared talents of Rio Tinto
Aluminium and Alcan, demonstrating that the new group is well positioned to
capitalize on our leadership position in the aluminium industry," he added.
    Sandeep Biswas' main responsibilities will include business development
for Rio Tinto Alcan's upstream business units, technology sales, growth and
product group strategic alliances and investments.
    Prior to joining Rio Tinto, his roles included working as General Manager
of the Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter for WMC Resources and the Murrin Murrin joint
venture nickel- cobalt mining operation. He also held roles for MIM Holdings
in operating, strategy and research in Australia, Germany and England.
    Mr. Biswas is an Engineer with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree
from the University of Queensland.

    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.

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