Rio Tinto Diamonds appoints new manager to its US representative office

25 February 2014

Rio Tinto Diamonds appoints new manager to its US representative office

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Rio Tinto Diamonds has appointed Brandee J Dallow to manage its US representative office in New York, effective 1 March, 2014.

Rio Tinto Diamonds opened its New York office in 2007 to establish an on the ground presence in the world's largest retail diamond jewellery market and to support Rio Tinto Diamonds' customers, its Select Diamantaires™, in their US based downstream activities.

Brandee brings a wealth of experience to her role, with strong knowledge of the US jewellery market and proven marketing and brand management skills gained over 15 years in the diamond industry. Before joining Rio Tinto Diamonds, Brandee was Vice President of Global Communications for diamond company, Julius Klein Group, in New York.

Commenting on Ms Dallow's appointment to the US representative office, Bruno Sane, General manager, marketing for Rio Tinto Diamonds said, "Brandee brings with her an in-depth understanding of the US diamond industry as well as exceptional marketing and communications skills.

This appointment demonstrates our continuing commitment to the US and Brandee will be invaluable in driving a competitive advantage for our Select Diamantaires™ and Rio Tinto Diamonds in this important market."

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Dallow said, "I am delighted to represent Rio Tinto Diamonds in the US, particularly at this time when many Select Diamantaires™ are actively developing their diamond jewellery business in this market. Over the last seven years Rio Tinto Diamonds has established a significant presence in the US and I am looking forward to being part of the next stage of its development."

About Rio Tinto Diamonds

Rio Tinto operates a fully integrated diamonds business from exploration through to sales and marketing. It is one of the world's major diamond producers through its 100 per cent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 per cent of the Diavik mine in Canada, 78 per cent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe and 100 per cent interest in the Bunder project in India.

Rio Tinto's share of the production from its three operating diamond mines is sold through its sales and marketing office in Antwerp, with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. It also operates a niche cutting and polishing factory in Perth for the rare pink diamonds from its Argyle mine. Rio Tinto is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, and the first mining company to be certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and New York Stock Exchange 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, thermal and metallurgical coal, uranium, gold, industrial minerals (borates, titanium dioxide and salt) and iron ore. Activities span the world and are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America.

For further information please contact:

Robyn Ellison
Communications Manager
Rio Tinto Diamonds
M: +61 417 968 359
E: Robyn.Ellison@riotinto.com