Leigh Clifford "was appointed to the Qantas Board on 9 August 2007 and as Chairman on 14 November 2007.
"Mr Clifford is a Director of Barclays Bank plc and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. He is a Member of the Bechtel Board of Counselors and Chairman of the International Council of Mining and Metals.
"Mr Clifford was most recently Chief Executive of Rio Tinto plc from April 2000 to April 2007. He stepped down from the Board of Rio Tinto on 30 April 2007 after serving as a Director of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited for 13 and 12 years respectively. His executive and board career with Rio Tinto has spanned some 37 years, including a wide variety of operational and marketing roles in the coal and metalliferous operations of the Rio Tinto Group in Australia and overseas.
"Mr Clifford was formerly a Member of the Coal Industry Advisory Board of the International Energy Agency for a number of years and its Chairman from 1998 to 2000. He was previously a Director of New Orleans-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
"Mr Clifford holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Engineering Science from the University of Melbourne. In 2008, Mr Clifford was made an Officer of the Order of Australia."