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Rio Tinto appoints three female non-executive directors

Rio Tinto has appointed three female non-executive directors in its latest diversity drive.

The FTSE 100 miner was mocked last year for having three times as many men named Simon on its board than women.

Hinda Gharbi, an executive vice-president at oil fields services group Schlumberger, and Jennifer Nason, a global chairman at American banking giant JP Morgan Chase, will take up their roles on Rio Tinto's board on March 1. 

Rio Tinto was mocked last year for having three times as many men named Simon on its board than women

And Ngaire Woods, dean of Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government, will join on September 1.

Former Royal Mail boss Moya Greene stepped down from the Anglo-Australian miner's board last year, leaving it with just one woman director, Megan Clark.

Three directors were called Simon, however: non-executive directors Simon McKeon and Simon Henry, as well as chairman Simon Thompson.

Its board will now have 12 members, of which a third are women.

Thompson said last night: 'I am delighted to welcome Hinda, Jennifer and Ngaire and look forward to benefiting from their insights and expertise in natural resources, finance, technology, governance and public policy.'