Alf Barrios

Chief Executive, Aluminium


Alf Barrios, executive team

One of the ways we aim to be part of the solution is through the materials we produce. From electric cars to smartphones, we believe lightweight, infinitely recyclable and responsibly produced aluminium will have an important role to play in the future low-carbon economy.

Alf was appointed chief executive of Rio Tinto Aluminium (RTA) in 2014, a global portfolio comprising bauxite mines, alumina refineries and aluminum smelters. He has overseen significant improvements in safety while delivering industry leading financial performance, and significant growth projects, including the modernisation of the Kitimat smelter and construction of the new Amrun bauxite mine. Today, RTA is also an industry leader in sustainability, having launched the first certified low-carbon aluminium in 2016 and, in 2018, becoming the first company certified by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative for responsible production and helping to establish ELYSIS, a partnership with Alcoa supported by Apple and the governments of Canada and Quebec, to further develop the world’s first carbon-free smelting technology.

Prior to his tenure at Rio Tinto, Alf held various leadership positions at BP, including executive director and executive vice president, Downstream, at TNK-BP, based in Moscow, where he was directly responsible for the refining, trading, supply, logistics, and marketing businesses. He was president of the Spanish National Oil Industry Association (AOP) from 2009 until 2011.