Kennecott Utah Copper said Thursday that Andrew Harding is the company's new president and chief executive officer, following Bill Champion's appointment as managing director of Rio Tinto's Diamonds business unit.
The changes take effect Nov. 1.
Champion, who led KUC since 2002, will be based in London and be responsible for Rio Tinto's diamond mining operations in Australia, Canada and Zimbabwe and the Antwerp-based diamond sales and marketing division.
Prior to Harding's current role as chief operating officer at KUC, he served as global practice leader for mining in Rio Tinto's Technology and Innovation group, where he focused on leading performance improvement initiatives. Harding has also held several operations positions throughout his career in the iron ore, energy and aluminum industries.
KUC provides about 17 percent of the country's copper. Its Bingham Canyon Mine has produced 17.3 million tons, more than any other mine in the world. It produces copper, gold, silver, molybdenum and sulfuric acid. The company has 1,600 full-time employees and 600 contractors. Rio Tinto is Kennecott's parent company.