Rio staffer off to France

Pilbara News - - PILBARA NEWS - Tom Zaun­mayr

A Kar­ratha ex­ec­u­tive has been se­lected for a schol­ar­ship to study ad­vanced man­age­ment in the pic­turesque town of Fon­tainebleau, France.

Rio Tinto rail­way op­er­a­tions gen­eral man­ager Zara Fisher is the sec­ond em­ployee from the Pil­bara iron ore miner to be ac­cepted into the INSEAD busi­ness school, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of for­mer Tom Price and Maran­doo gen­eral man­ager Sinead Kauf­man.

Ms Fisher said the schol­ar­ship would im­prove her lead­er­ship ca­pa­bil­i­ties and crit­i­cal think­ing skills.

“I be­lieve the INSEAD ex­pe­ri­ence will help to fos­ter my sense of con­fi­dence to ask the right ques­tions and ul­ti­mately make the best judg­ments pos­si­ble,” she said.

“This will be par­tic­u­larly help­ful in en­abling me to con­trib­ute to the ro­bust dis­cus­sion among our lead­er­ship com­mu­nity to en­sure our busi­nesses are pre­pared and en­abled for suc­cess.”

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Women pres­i­dent Diane Smith-Gan­der said Ms Fisher had ex­pe­ri­ence any board would value.

“One rea­son of­ten given for the lack of fe­male direc­tors on re­source com­pany boards is that there are too few women in the pipeline with op­er­a­tional ex­pe­ri­ence,” she said.

Ms Kauf­man, now a project lead for global busi­ness ser­vices, said these op­por­tu­ni­ties were im­por­tant to help women take high po­si­tions in min­ing.

Pic­ture: Rio Tinto

Zara Fisher will study at INSEAD in France.

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