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Diversity focused Barbara Levi begins with Rio Tinto as Group Executive, Group General Counsel.

United Kingdom:“If people enjoy working in a place, you have created a diverse and inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels empowered and respected.” Barbara Levi Group Executive, Group General Counsel Rio Tinto

Armed with sigificant  experience across ethics, integrity and governance and, having been Head of the Anti-Bribery & Corruption Practice Team, the Trade Sanctions Practice Team and Head of Legal & Compliance across Africa, Middle East, Asian Countries and GEM (Growth Emerging Markets) at Novartis, Barbara has found herself a new home where she can apply her significant expertise and continue influencing better ethics, integrity and corporate governance.

Barbara who was appointed to the role mid of last year is succeeding Philip Richards whom up to his retirement on 31st of December 2019 has been Group executive, Group General Counsel Rio Tinto and has only began on January the 1st of 2020 in her new role.

Her passion in creating diverse and inclusive working environments will see her championing issues that enable and cultivate causes for better workplaces and for improvement in gender diversity. Barbara has a wide interest in societal and community topics.

Known for championing inclusion and diversity, Barbara has been quoted as saying: “If people enjoy working in a place, you have created a diverse and inclusive atmosphere where everyone feels empowered and respected

Barbara who is originally from Italy  has over 20 years’ experience in legal practice globaly. As part of Novartis which she joined in 2004, she headed a number of divisions which include Group Legal, M&A and Strategic Transactions. She has previously held with other companies positions that include a variety of positions including General Counsel with Sandoz, from 2016-2019. She was also previously Global Legal Head, Product Strategy & Commercialisation at Pharma.

Barbara also spent several years as a corporate and transactional attorney with law firms in New York City and Milan. She is an attorney-at-law, admitted to the US Supreme Court, the New York Bar, and the Italian Bar in Milan.

 “Barbara has extensive legal experience across corporate, commercial and compliance matters gained within a complex multinational organisation which makes her an ideal choice to lead Rio Tinto’s legal and compliance team. I am delighted to welcome her to Rio Tinto and look forward to having her join the executive team.”

Jean-Sébastien Jacques

Chief Executive

Rio Tinto 

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