Sam Walsh is a prominent company director who is also active in the arts and philanthropy. His most recent full-time role was chief executive of global mining giant Rio Tinto, based in London, and prior to that he was Rio Tinto chief executive iron ore and Australia, based in Perth. Mr Walsh is currently the chair of Gold Corporation, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA) and the Australia Council for the Arts, a trustee of the Perth Diocesan Trustees and a director of Mitsui & Co. He is also a vice president of the Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee. In 2010, he was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) for his work in the mining industry and establishing employment programs for indigenous Australians. In 2007, Mr Walsh was awarded Australian Export Hero and Western Australian Citizen of the Year - Industry and Commerce.
He was previously WA chapter chairman of the Australia Business Arts Foundation, chair of the Black Swan State Theatre Company and was the inaugural chair of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA.
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Sam Walsh is linked to 12 organisations which are included in 6 lists - Property - Commercial Owners, Foreign-owned Companies, Charitable Organisations, State Government Businesses, Exporters and Convention Centres.