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Simon Trott, Chief Commercial Officer, Rio Tinto
Simon was appointed Chief Commercial Officer in January 2018, with global accountabilities for the selling and marketing of our products, the buying of our goods and services and management of our marine and logistics activities.  He leads a Commercial team focused on deepening customer and market insights, broadening our commercial activities, improving integration from mine to market and partnering with customers and suppliers to generate additional value.  
Under Simon’s leadership, we have enhanced our commercial activities, built new capabilities and used technology to deliver industry first solutions to digitise and simplify customer and supplier interactions.

Aamir Paul, Country President, United States, Schneider Electric
Aamir Paul is the US Country President for Schneider Electric. In this role he leads the commercial teams in the country. Aamir and his leadership team work to deliver best in class solutions for our partners and customers across our Energy Management and Industrial Automation portfolio. He is a member of the North American Executive leadership team. Prior to his Country President appointment, Aamir led business operations in the US. He joined the company in 2013, leading the National Sales team.  
Before joining Schneider Electric, Aamir worked at Dell for more than a decade, where he held several key roles of increasing responsibility in both North America and Europe. Most recently, Aamir served as Dell’s Senior Vice President of Server Solutions, leading the development and execution of the company’s go-to-market strategy for all key markets and customer segments world-wide. He also had global sales responsibility for Data Center Solutions (DCS) and High-Performance Computing (HPC), focusing on the top 100 customer relationships.
Earlier in his career, Aamir worked as a Process Engineer at AlliedSignal (now a part of Honeywell). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and has completed advanced management studies at University of Chicago Booth and INSEAD.

Alf Barrios, Chief Executive, Aluminium, Rio Tinto
Alf Barrios became Chief Executive of Rio Tinto Aluminium (RTA) in 2014. He has overseen a significant improvement in safety and financial performance, along with major growth projects such as the Amrun bauxite mine. Alf has championed RTA’s leadership of the industry in sustainability, launching the first certified low-carbon aluminium and helping it become the first company certified by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative for responsible production. RTA has also helped to establish ELYSYS, a partnership with Alcoa supported by Apple and the governments of Canada and Quebec, to further develop the world’s first carbon-free smelting technology.

Tolga Egrilmezer, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Commercial, Rio Tinto

Tolga Egrilmezer, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Commercial, Rio Tinto: Tolga Egrilmezer is a global executive with extensive experience in the aluminium industry. He is currently leading Rio Tinto Aluminium’s bauxite, alumina and aluminium sales & marketing teams globally. He is part of Rio Tinto Aluminium Executive Committee and also the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s Board of Directors, International Aluminium Institute Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, as well as The Aluminum Association of the U.S. as Board of Director.

Jon Hoffmeister, Vice President of Packaging Procurement and Sustainability, Anhueser Busch Inbev
Jon has worked for Anheuser-Busch for 26 years.  In his current role as Vice President of Packaging Procurement and Sustainability, Jon leads a team of dedicated sourcing and sustainability professionals responsible for the Company’s packaging requirements for the North American business unit.  Jon also leads the Packaging sustainability agenda for Circular Packaging and Climate Action.   
Prior to his current role, Jon led the Indirect Procurement organization and has previously held leadership positions across different functional areas including Finance & Planning, Business Development and Brand Management.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Louis University.

Eoin Dinsmore, Head of Aluminium Primary and Products Analysis, CRU
Eoin Dinsmore joined CRU in 2011 after previously working for Nestle. He obtained an MSc. in Finance and Capital markets from Dublin City University in 2008 and holds a BA in Economics and History. Mr Dinsmore is a Principal Consultant in the Aluminium Primary and Products Team. His main areas of specialism include aluminium price forecasting, semis and primary demand and production analysis.