Simone Niven

Group Executive, Corporate Relations


Simone Niven, executive team
Our industry is absolutely part of the solution to the biggest challenges facing our world today, and we have the power to make a real difference in people’s everyday lives. But we can’t do it alone – our efforts, and our story, must include our government, community, civil society and other partners.

Simone became Group Executive, Corporate Relations, in 2017, nine years after she first joined Rio Tinto. Today, her portfolio encompasses the Group's external affairs, sustainability approach, communities, brand, media, government affairs and employee communications. Simone also has responsibility for the leadership of the country and regional office teams, including Africa, Australia, Canada, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, the UK and the United States. 

Simone has played an important role in developing our vision of partnership, helping deliver sustained value to Rio Tinto and, on issues such as climate change, transparency and human rights, to society at large. In past years, Simone also led the development of our integrated market and regional country strategies, aligning both with business and Group priorities. In 2018, she was the architect of the effort to revisit our approach to environmental, social and governance performance, which continues to be implemented across our business. 

Prior to joining Rio Tinto, she spent more than 15 years working in progressively senior roles at some of the world's most respected companies, including Vodafone, United Technologies, Smiths Group and Smith & Nephew.