Sir Roderick Carnegie


Sir Roderick Carnegie was born in November 1932 in Melbourne, Australia. He attained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne in 1954, a Master of Arts and a Diploma of Agricultural Economics from Oxford University in 1957 and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University in 1959. He received Blues for rowing from Melbourne University and Oxford University.

Sir Roderick became a consultant with McKinsey & Company, Inc in 1958, working in the United States and Europe. In 1962, he founded the Australian practice of McKinsey in Melbourne. He returned to New York in 1967 to become a Director of the company.

He is the former Managing Director, Chief Executive and Chairman of CRA Limited (Rio Tinto). He joined CRA as Finance Director in 1972 and led the group as Chief Executive Officer from 1974 to 1986. He has served as a director of several companies since 1986 including General Motors Australian Advisory Council, CSIRO, Business Council of Australia, Group of Thirty (an International Consultative Group on Economic and Monetary Affairs) and was Chairman of the Consultative Committee on Relations with Japan.

Among his current business activities, he is developing a new technology to improve the environmental emission performance and the economic sustainability of processing lignite coal.

He was created a Knight Bachelor for services in mining in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 1978. In 1991, he was the recipient of the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2003, he was appointed a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the promotion of innovative leadership and to the development of competitive practices in business, both national and international.

He is a Fellow of Trinity College, Melbourne.

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