Alcan Packaging president and CEO Ilene Gordon member of Fortune magazine's 2008 "International Power 50" list

    MONTREAL, Oct. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - For the second consecutive year, Ilene
S. Gordon, president and chief executive officer, Alcan Packaging, and a
member of the Rio Tinto Alcan executive committee, has been named to Fortune
magazine's "International Power 50" list. The rankings recognize the most
powerful and influential women executives in international business.
    "I am grateful for this fine recognition and am honoured to be included
among so many innovative, accomplished, and forward-thinking women leaders,"
Ms. Gordon said. "This award also affirms the quality of our organization, our
strategy, and our people. Alcan Packaging is a vital and growing industry
leader and I am proud to lead this company."
    Ms. Gordon, 55, has been president and CEO of Alcan Packaging since
December 2006. She is responsible for all aspects of Alcan Packaging's
worldwide business. With US$6.2 billion in revenues, 30,000 employees and
131 manufacturing facilities in 31 countries on six continents, Alcan
Packaging is one of few global packaging companies.
    Previously, Ms. Gordon served as President, Alcan Packaging Food
Americas, based in Chicago. She joined the company in June 1999 as senior vice
president of Pechiney Group and president, Pechiney Plastic Packaging. Alcan
acquired Pechiney in December 2003.
    Ms. Gordon graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, where she earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics
and, at the Sloan School of Management, a Master of Science degree in
management. She is married with two children.

    Alcan Packaging is a global leader in value-added specialty packaging,
ranking first in flexible food, flexible pharmaceutical, plastic cosmetics and
tobacco packaging. Headquartered in Paris, France, it delivers multi-material
innovative solutions to customers around the world using plastics, engineered
film, aluminium, paper, paperboard and glass.

    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.

For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Alcan Media Relations, Paris:
Chrystele Ivins, +33 1 57 00 24 18,; Rio Tinto
Alcan Media Relations, Canada: Stefano Bertolli, (514) 848-8151,; Alcan Packaging, Paris: Colette Chauvière, +33
1 57 00 28 26,; Alcan Packaging - Food Americas:
Matt Berglind, (773) 399-8087,;;

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