Rio Tinto has appointed Mr Kim Truter as Managing director of the Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia. Previous to this new role, Mr Truter has served in many senior roles within Rio Tinto, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada.
Mr Bruce Cox, Managing director of Rio Tinto Diamonds said, "I am delighted with Kim’s appointment and his extensive experience will be invaluable in leading the future development of the Argyle Diamond Mine."
Mr Truter is an experienced mining executive. He is attributed with significant achievements in his previous roles, notably in the areas of health and safety performance, business improvement and engaging with local communities and government. He was also instrumental in leading the development of underground mining at the Diavik Diamond Mine. Mr. Truter commented, "The Argyle Diamond Mine is an iconic Australian operation and it plays an important role in Rio Tinto’s global diamonds business. I am looking forward to working with the team at such an exciting time in Argyle’s growth and development.”
He will assume his new role beginning 1,July 2012.