Dominic Barton BBM

Chair, BA (Hons), MPhil

Dominic Barton, Rio Tinto board
Dominic Barton BBM


April 2022 (Board); May 2022 (Chair)

Committee membership

People & Remuneration Committee, Nominations Committee (Chair), Sustainability Committee

Skills and experience

Dominic spent over 30 years at McKinsey & Company, including nine years as the Global Managing Partner, and has also held a broad range of public sector leadership positions. He has served as Canada’s Ambassador to China, Chair of Canada’s Advisory Council for Economic Growth, and Chair of the International Advisory Committee to the President of South Korea on National Future and Vision. Dominic brings a wealth of global business experience, including deep insight of geopolitics, corporate sustainability and governance. His business acumen and public sector experience position him to provide balanced guidance to Rio Tinto’s leadership team. Dominic believes in the competitive advantage of putting people at the heart of strategy and the role culture change will play in Rio Tinto’s future success.

Current external appointments

Chair of LeapFrog Investments and Chancellor of the University of Waterloo.


Dominic Barton’s first year as Chair: 2022

Since becoming Chair of Rio Tinto on 5 May 2022, Dominic Barton has undertaken an induction programme and spent time meeting our people across our operations globally, as well as key stakeholders. Some of Dominic’s engagements during 2022 were as follows: 

April 2022: 

  • met with all of the Board and Executive Committee individually, as well as a number of key management personnel

May 2022: 

  • visited our Western Australian operations, including Gudai-Darri, Dampier Ports, 7 Mile Rail and our Brockman 4 mine
  • hosted employee engagement sessions in Perth, Western Australia and met with key external stakeholders
  • investor meetings, including meeting with investors in New York, US

June 2022: 

  • attended a Rio Tinto Leadership Team meeting with the Executive Committee in Western Australia

July 2022: 

  • met with officials at the Mongolian Embassy in Washington DC, US

August 2022: 

  • site visits in North America, including Saguenay, Sorel-Tracy, and the Montreal office in Canada, and Boron, Kennecott and Resolution Copper in the US

September 2022: 

  • hosted an employee event at the Natural History Museum in London, UK
  • attended an Executive Committee meeting in Spain
  • attended government meetings in Washington DC, US

October 2022: 

  • attended a Mobius Leadership session in Tel Aviv, Israel

November 2022: 

  • attended Responsible 100 Forum
  • attended civil society organisation (CSO) roundtables in Europe
  • attended the Rio Tinto Annual Reception, a stakeholder event in London, UK

December 2022: 

  • attended government meetings in Washington DC, US
  • virtually attended CSO roundtables in North America and Australia
  • hosted employee engagement sessions in Perth, Western Australia and Brisbane, Queensland and met with key external stakeholders
  • attended the Western Australia Business Leaders Dinner
  • met with members of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people alongside the Board at a Senior Leaders lunch