Kennecott Utah Copper Corp. changes CEOs

Kennecott Utah Copper Corp. changes CEOs

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- London-based Rio Tinto Ltd. is announcing a change of guard at Kennecott Utah Copper Corp.

The president and chief executive, Andrew Harding, has been promoted to London to lead Rio Tinto's global copper group, effective Sunday. He will join the Rio Tinto executive committee.

Kennecott's chief operating officer, Kelly Sanders, will succeed Harding. Sanders was in charge of making safety and operational improvements, and he helped re-negotiate a labor pact.

Rio Tinto produced about 700,000 tons of copper last year from operations in Australia, Chile, Indonesia and South Africa, ranking it among the world's top five copper producers. It has interests in undeveloped ore bodies in other parts of the world.

Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine -- the largest man-made hole in the world -- produces 300,000 tons of copper a year along with some gold and silver.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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