Arnaud Soirat

Chief Operating Officer


Arnaud Soirat, executive team

We have extremely talented people at Rio Tinto, at every level of our organisation. My focus is on maximising their contribution and replicating the very best ideas and practices – to ensure we achieve the highest standards across our business and sustainably create value."

Arnaud became Chief Operating Officer in February 2021.

He was previously Chief Executive of our Copper & Diamonds (C&D) product group. Under Arnaud’s leadership, C&D progressed its growth projects and focused on operational excellence, productivity improvement and cost reduction, deploying lean manufacturing to help achieve its strong results, and embedding sustainability in the way the product group operates. Rio Tinto Diamonds are among the world’s most coveted and most responsible; and our copper is part of the sustainability solution, being essential for clean energy technologies that help address climate change.

Arnaud joined Rio Tinto in 2010 with 20 years’ experience in the metals and mining industry and a wealth of operational and commercial experience. Arnaud previously served as president and chief executive officer, Rio Tinto Aluminium Primary Metal, with responsibility for managing and improving global operations and businesses. Before joining Rio Tinto, Arnaud spent 18 years in various technical and operational positions with Alcoa and Pechiney in both Australia and Europe.