Dampier Salt Limited; and,
Managing Director, HIsmelt Corporation.
Rio Tinto, Western Australia
Bachelor of Metallurgy (Hons Class 1)
and University Medal 1989
2011 RECIPIENT - ALUMNI AWARD FOR NATIONAL LEADERSHIP
As Managing Director of two of Rio Tinto’s major companies, Denise is responsible for more than 500 employees and a large global customer base.
Since her appointment to Dampier Salt Limited, record earnings of $129 million have been posted. Denise attributes the success of this world-leading exporter of solar salt, to her style of leadership and her strong motivation of her management team.
Denise has held a number of senior positions within Rio Tinto’s minerals group including Vice President, Operations, Rio Tinto Minerals – Asia Pacific (2006-2008) accountable for operational performance delivery in the Group’s solar salt, gypsum and talc businesses in Western Australia and Japan; and General Manager, Salt Operations (2003-2006) accountable for operations, engineering, HSE and human resources aspects of the salt business.
As the Director of Major Projects in Rio Tinto’s Iron ore business, Denise was responsible for a team in excess of 1,000 people with projects values of around US$3 billion.
Denise was awarded the Hudson Australian Private and Corporate Sector Award before being named the Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year in 2010.