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Chris Lynch

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Chris Lynch
BornChristopher James Lynch
(1953-09-23) 23 September 1953 (age 67)
Broken Hill, New South Wales[1]
🏳️ Nationality
🏫 EducationDeakin University (BCom, MBA)
💼 Occupation
Board member of
  • BHP Billiton (2006–07)
  • AFL Commission (2007–14)
  • Rio Tinto (2011–18)
  • Westpac (2020–presnt)

Christopher James Lynch is an Australian businessman who is currently a director of Westpac. He is a former chief financial officer and board member of Anglo-Australian resources companies Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, and a CEO of Transurban. Lynch was a member of the AFL Commission between 2008 and 2014. He played five matches for Geelong Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL, now AFL).

Early life and education[edit]

Lynch was born in Broken Hill in Western New South Wales (NSW) in 1953.[3][4] His grandfather, Paddy O'Neill, was a notable union leader in Broken Hill.[5][6]

Lynch completed a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree at the Gordon Institute of Technology (later known as Deakin University). He later completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Deakin University. He is member of CPA Australia.[7][8]

Lynch was a keen cricketer, representing Geelong against several international touring teams. He played three matches in Victorian Premier Cricket for Essendon Cricket Club during the 1982–83 season.[9][10][11][12]

Australian rules football career[edit]

After moving from Broken Hill, where he played for the North Broken Hill Football Club, Lynch played for Geelong Football Club, making his debut in the Victorian Football League (VFL, now AFL) in 1972. He played twice in 1972 and a further three times in 1974. He was a member of the Geelong team that won the VFL reserves premiership in 1975.[13][14][15][16][17]

Business life[edit]

Lynch joined Alcoa in 1979, where he rose through the levels, becoming chief financial officer, Alcoa Europe, in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was also managing director of KAAL Australia Ltd, a joint venture company formed by Alcoa and Kobe Steel.[18] In 1999, Lynch was appointed vice president and chief information officer.[19][20]

In 2000, Lynch was head-hunted by BHP Billiton (later simply BHP) as chief financial officer of the company's Minerals Group.[21][22] He became chief financial officer of the group in September 2001.[23] Lynch was appointed an executive director of BHP Billiton and member of its board in January 2006.[24][25] He was subsequently appointed as group president of BHP Billiton's Carbon Steel Materials division in April 2006. After being passed over for the BHP Billiton CEO role, Lynch retired from the company in June 2007.[26][27][28][29]

Lynch became CEO of Transurban in 2008, serving in the role until 2012.[30][31][32][33]

He was elected a member of the AFL Commission at the end of 2007, retiring from the role in 2014.[34][35]

In 2011, Lynch was appointed to the Rio Tinto board as a non-executive director.[27] He was the chief financial officer of Rio Tinto group from April 2013 to September 2018.[32][36][37][38][39][13][40]

In 2020, Lynch joined the board of Australian bank Westpac.[8]


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  8. 8.0 8.1 "Appointment of Chris Lynch to the Westpac Board" (Press release). Westpac. 17 August 2020.
  9. Slattery, Geoff (1981-01-07). "Police escort fiery Hadlee from field". The Age. p. 22. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
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  13. 13.0 13.1 Gray, Darren (2018-08-12). "A pillow case of cash, a broken jaw and an outgoing executive". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  14. Stevens, Matthew (2017-09-17). "Rio Tinto digs a hole as chief financial officier Chris confirm retirement". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
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  19. Fitzgerald, Barry (2011-09-01). "Lynch to 'Hill' and back". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  20. "Strict vegetarian, steely footballer eye mining prize". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  21. Minder, Raphael (7 June 2007). "Spurned Lynch to quit BHP". Financial Times. p. 25.
  22. "BHP Billiton's Lynch to Retire; Rumor at Alcoa". The Wall Street Journal. 7 June 2007.
  23. Fitzgerald, Barry (15 September 2001). "BHP names Lynch as new CFO". The Age. p. 3.
  24. Walters, Kath (2002-05-02). "Back home boy". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  25. "New Board Appointments" (Press release). BHP Billiton. 8 December 2005. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
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  27. 27.0 27.1 Fitzgerald, Barry (2011-09-01). "Rio turns to ex-BHP boss for help with aluminium arm". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  28. Rolfe, John (2007-06-05). "Broken Hill's Lynch quits BHP". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  29. Freed, Jamie (1 June 2007). "Globalisation thwarts the boy from the Hill". The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 17.
  30. Murphy, Mathew (2007-10-26). "'World-class' Lynch gets top job at Transurban". The Age. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  31. Kitney, Damien (31 January 2012). "Long and winding road for Transurban chief". The Australian. p. 22.
  32. 32.0 32.1 O'sullivan, Paddy; Manning, Matthew (2013-02-28). "Rio Tinto hires former Transurban CEO". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  33. Frith, Bryan (2008-06-19). "The outsider who left BHP to work wonders for Transurban". news.com.au. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  34. Barrett, Damian (2012-12-15). "AFL not bothered over Pratt". The Australian. Archived from the original on 15 December 2012. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  35. Keane, Patrick (17 February 2014). "Chris Lynch Retires From AFL Commission / Kim Williams to Stand At March AGM". afl.com.au (Press release). Australian Football League. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  36. "Christopher Lynch". riotinto.com. 20 April 2013. Archived from the original on 5 December 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  37. "Chris Lynch, Rio Tinto PLC: Profile and Biography". Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  38. Aston, Joe (2017-09-18). "Chris Lynch deception says sun setting on Rio Tinto's glory years". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  39. Stevens, Matthew (2018-08-12). "The boy from Broken Hill: Rio Tinto CFO Chris Lynch leaves miner in better shape". Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  40. Dagge, John; Byrne, Fiona (3 January 2021). "AFL Rich List: Some of the players who have made their fortune off the field". The Australian.

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