Jacynthe Cote

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Jacynthe Cote became CEO of Rio Tinto Alcan in 2009, replacing industry veteran Dick Evans. She also sits on the executive board of Rio Tinto. Previously she was plants manager at Alcan's Lynemouth smelter in England and ran the Bauxite and Alumina division of Alcan before they merged with Rio Tinto.[1]


According to Rio Tinto's website:

She joined Alcan in 1988 and has significant operational and international experience in the aluminium industry. She was chief executive officer, Primary Metal, Rio Tinto Alcan, where she was responsible for all primary metal facilities and power generation installation worldwide. Her previous roles in Alcan include president and chief executive officer, Bauxite & Alumina business group and senior management roles in business planning, human resources and environment, health and safety. Jacynthe has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Laval University in Quebec[2].

Big bonuses

In 2009 Cote recieved a $2.2 million bonus plus $813,000 in base salary, as well as long term and non-monetary benefits.Rio Tinto made $4.872 billion profits in 2009,up from its 2008 figure of $3.67 billion. In the same the company also reduced its workforce by 14,000 including 1,100 aluminium jobs[3].

Other Appointments

Member of the Hautes Etudes Commerciales Board since June 2009 Member of the Quebec Council of Manufacturers since April 2008 Member of the International Aluminium Institute since 2006[4]



  1. Lynn Moore The Gazette (Montreal). January 28, 2010 Thursday [ View from above glass ceiling; Jacynthe Côté reflects after a year at the helm of Rio Tinto Alcan Accessed 20/07/10
  2. Rio Tinto Who We are, executive board, Jacynthe Cote Accessed 21/07/10
  3. The Canadian Press, March 15, 2010 Monday Executives shared almost half of $15.7 million of 2009 bonuses Accessed 20/07/10
  4. Rio Tinto Who We are, executive board, Jacynthe Cote Accessed 21/07/10