Alf Barrios

Chief Commercial Officer at Rio Tinto


Prior to his appointment as Chief Commercial Officer in 2021, Alf joined the Group as Chief Executive Rio Tinto Aluminium in 2014, a global portfolio comprising bauxite mines, alumina refineries and aluminium smelters. He has overseen significant improvements in safety while delivering industry leading financial performance, and significant growth projects, including the modernisation of the Kitimat smelter and construction of the new Amrun bauxite mine. Today, RTA is also an industry leader in sustainability, having launched the first certified low-carbon aluminium in 2016 and, in 2018, becoming the first company certified by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative for responsible production and helping to establish ELYSIS, a partnership with Alcoa supported by Apple and the governments of Canada and Quebec, to further develop the world’s first carbon-free smelting technology.

Alf has previously held various leadership positions at BP, including executive director and executive vice president, Downstream, at TNK-BP, based in Moscow, where he was directly responsible for the refining, trading, supply, logistics, and marketing businesses. He was president of the Spanish National Oil Industry Association (AOP) from 2009 until 2011. He works with the Commercial team to enhance value delivery across the company.


  • Chief Commercial Officer

    Current role

  • Chief Executive, Rio Tinto Aluminium

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