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Rio Tinto Executive Director awarded ECU Honorary Doctorate

Monday, 18 January 2010


Edith Cowan University (ECU) has awarded Sam Walsh, Executive Director Iron Ore at Rio Tinto, the degree of Doctor of Commerce honoris causa at the graduation ceremony held on Sunday afternoon 17 January.

The honorary doctorate was awarded in recognition of Dr Walsh's outstanding achievements as a business and community leader.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, said ECU is proud for Sam Walsh to be one of our most senior graduates.

"This award recognises Dr Walsh's demonstrated deep personal commitment to the University's values of integrity, respect, rational inquiry and personal excellence, and his exemplary contributions to both local and global communities as a thoughtful and caring citizen.

"He is an excellent example to all of us at ECU: students, staff and graduates," he said.

Dr Walsh has a strong relationship with ECU, and was the Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Orator in 2007, where he spoke about the ways business communicates, involves and engages its community.

Dr Walsh joined Rio Tinto in 2001 after more than 20 years in the automotive industry, and holds the degree of Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

He also has completed a Fellowship Program at Kettering University in Michigan and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In thanking Edith Cowan University for awarding the honorary doctorate, Dr Walsh said he was delighted but humbled by the recognition.

"This award is a great honour, and one that I believe recognises the importance of leaders setting high standards for themselves and their organisation, and adding value to society through business achievements and community engagement," he said.

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