The man who has overseen Rio Tinto's $25 billion iron ore expansion has been promoted to a newly created group-wide role.
Rio has appointed David Joyce as global head of projects, following a restructure of operational divisions.
Mr Joyce for the past four years has been managing director of iron ore expansion projects for both the Pilbara and Simandou in the African nation of Guinea. The Pilbara development has enabled Rio to increase its iron ore capacity to 220 million tonnes a year.
The new position will give Mr Joyce responsibility for Rio projects worldwide across all commodities. He will report to former Pilbara operations president Greg Lilleyman, now group executive, technology and innovation.
Mr Joyce's appointment follows the creation of a new division to be known as Rio Tinto Projects. The unit was created by combining the projects component of Projects and Development with the project implementation group within Technology and Innovation.
Mr Joyce has been working for Rio Tinto for 10 years. He will continue to be based in Perth.
Richard Cohen has been named as acting managing director for iron ore projects and development.
The moves follow the appointment of former OM Holdings chief executive Peter Toth as global head of strategy. London-based Mr Toth starts today.