Vera Kirikova

Chief People Officer

Vera Kirikova, executive team

When people understand the vision for the future and what it means for them, when they feel respected and feel safe to bring their whole selves to work, engagement and results will follow.

Vera brings a people centric approach to the business and is focussed on building a culture that is performance driven and inclusive, and provides the opportunity for everyone to excel. She is known for her passion for technical excellence and leadership development.

Vera was appointed Group executive, Human Resources, in 2017 and became Chief People Officer in 2021. She joined Rio Tinto in 2015 as vice president, Human Resources, for the then-Diamonds & Minerals product group. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Vera was employed by Schlumberger, where she worked for over 20 years in human resources, operations, marketing and M&A positions in the United States, Canada, UK, Russia and France.