Brendan Howard

General Manager - Technical Capability

Rio Tinto

Brendan Howard is the General Manager Technical Capability, Growth & Innovation at Rio Tinto. Brendan has worked for Rio Tinto for 25 years joining the business as an exploration geologist and spent the first 12 years of his career undertaking exploration programs in the Pilbara, Indonesia, Peru and Canada.

After completing an MBA, Brendan subsequently completed a number of business/corporate development roles for the Diamonds business unit in London, and then for the Rio Tinto India country office. In his current role, Brendan is responsible for leading Rio Tinto’s global technical excellence program, designed to ensure Rio Tinto has the technical capability to safely manage technical risk and deliver a step-change in productivity performance.

Brendan is an AusIMM Fellow, has been a member of the Institute for 14 years and is currently a Director of the Australasian Institute of Geoscientists.


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