Jan du Plessis

Chairman, BT Group

Biography

I have been Chairman of Rio Tinto since April 2009 and a Non-Executive Director since September 2008. Prior to this, I was Chairman of British American Tobacco for 5 years. Also a Non-Executive Director of Marks & Spencer. Previously a Non-Executive Director of Lloyds Banking Group for 4 years. Prior to this I was Non-Executive Chairman of RHM, once a leading UK food producer. Prior to joining British American Tobacco, I was Group Finance Director of Richemont, a Swiss luxury goods public group. Raised near Cape Town, I obtained degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Stellenbosch before going on to qualify as a South African Chartered Accountant.

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