Arnaud Soirat

Arnaud Soirat

Chief executive, Copper & Diamonds

PhD (Theoretical Physics & Chemistry)

Arnaud Soirat was appointed chief executive, Copper & Diamonds in July 2016. Arnaud has almost 25 years’ experience in the metals and mining industry and a wealth of operational and commercial experience gained in various roles, working across five continents. Arnaud was previously Aluminium Primary Metal president and chief executive officer, responsible for managing and improving operations and businesses globally, with a particular focus on lean manufacturing and operational excellence. He joined Rio Tinto in 2010 as chief operating officer, Primary Metal, Europe, Middle-East & Africa. Before joining Rio Tinto, Arnaud spent 18 years in various technical and operational positions with Alcoa and Pechiney in both Australia and Europe.

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