President & CEO, Iron Ore Company of Canada. Prior to her December 2009 appointment to the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) – Canada’s largest iron ore producer, Zoë Yujnovich was President of Rio Tinto Brazil. In addition to her responsibility for the safe operations of the Corumbá mine, TBN logistics and San Nicholas port, she led the timely divestment of RTB and achieved optimal value during the global market downturn. This complex undertaking included overseeing government approvals and documentation that involved 15 companies across six countries, while managing the impact on employees and other stakeholders.
From May 2007 to October 2008, Zoë was selected to provide advisory support to the Chief Executive of Rio Tinto at the company’s headquarters in London, UK. She was tasked with managing the Rio Tinto Executive Committee process and supporting the BHP defence team, and providing strategic support across the organisation. This role gave her exposure to a broad range of governance, corporate, operational and business issues.
Zoë has served Rio Tinto for 16 years. She holds an Executive MBA from the University of Utah (2004), and a BEng (Hons) Materials Engineering, from the University of Western Australia (1996). She has three children and has competed in rowing and swimming. She has two nationalities, Australian and British. She has lived in eight countries.