Jean-Sébastien Jacques

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Jean-Sébastien Jacques

  • Company: Rio Tinto
  • Year of birth: 1971
  • Last known country of residence: United Kingdom

Under the leadership of Jean-Sébastien Jacques the first shipment from the Mongolian Oyu Tolgoi mine was delivered to the Copper & Coal group. Jacques was instrumental in managing interests in the Northparkes mines in Australia, the Pebble mines in Alaska, the Sulawesi mines in Indonesia, the Kennecott Eagle Minerals in the United States and the Palabora mines in South Africa. He was also responsible for getting the Oyu Tolgoi Underground Mine Development and Financing Plan signed in May 2015. The plan paved the way for further expansion of the mine and clearly demonstrated Jacques’ deep commitment to finding long-term solutions for building external relationships. Jacques conducted successful negotiations with the Mongolian Government that resulted in securing a leading role in the mining industry for Rio Tinto in Mongolia. He was also responsible for directing Rio Tinto’s engagement in other countries like Peru, PNG, Chile and Indonesia. Jean-Sébastien Jacques is highly respected in the mining industry for being a thought leader in economic and geopolitical concerns. Since 2014 he has been the chairman of the board of the International Copper Association. Previous places of work/roles held: Several positions in the aluminium, bauxite and steel industries including the role of group director of strategy at the Tata Steel Group (2007 – 2011). .


Jean-Sébastien Jacques was born in October 1971 in France. He completed his education at École Centrale Paris where he achieved a Master of Science degree.


Before joining Rio Tinto, Jean-Sébastien Jacques worked in a variety of roles in several countries including the United States, India, Europe and South East Asia. In October 2011 Jacques started working at Rio Tinto for the Copper group as the president of international operations. He became responsible for leading a senior team and managing the interests of Northparkes mines in Australia, Pebble mines in Alaska, Sulawesi mines in Indonesia, Kennecott Eagle Minerals in the United States and Palabora Mining Company in South Africa. In February 2013 he was made chief executive of the Copper group and was also appointed to the company’s executive committee. He assumed responsibility for the coal assets of the company in 2015. In this role he was responsible for nine operations across the world and two growth projects. In July 2016 he was promoted to chief executive and soon after also became a director of the board. Jacques led the renovation of the Copper and Coal group and reshaped the portfolio to place more focus on the assets with the highest quality. The two growth projects he was responsible for in the United States and in Mongolia saw major progress during his tenure.

Personal life

Jean-Sébastien Jacques is married and has children. He lives in London in the United Kingdom with his family and holds both French and British citizenship