Mr Leigh Clifford was appointed to the Qantas Board in August 2007 and as Chairman in November 2007.
Mr Clifford is a Director of Bechtel Group Inc and Chairman of Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd, and the National Gallery of Victoria Foundation. He is a Senior Adviser to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, a Director of Crestone Wealth Management, a Member of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria and a Board Member of Equestrian Australia. Mr Clifford was previously a Director of Barclays Bank plc and Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
Mr Clifford was Chief Executive of Rio Tinto from 2000 to 2007. He retired from the Board of Rio Tinto in 2007. His executive and board career with Rio Tinto spanned some 37 years, in Australia and overseas.
A qualified mining engineer, he graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Engineering with first class honours and a Masters Degree in Engineering Science.