• March 10 - 14, 2025

Richard Adkerson


Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer

With the company since 1989, Richard Adkerson is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Freeport-McMoRan Inc.  Prior to joining the company, Mr. Adkerson was Partner and Managing Director at Arthur Andersen & Co. where he headed the firm’s worldwide oil and gas industry practice. From 1976 to 1978, he was a Professional Accounting Fellow with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Adkerson has been a member of the International Council on Mining and Metals since 2005 and served as Chair from 2008 to 2011 and 2020 to 2022. He is a member of The Business Council, Business Roundtable and the Council on Foreign Relations.  He also serves on Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Dean's Council of 100 for Arizona State University W. P. Carey School of Business.  Mr. Adkerson graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. degree in Accounting with highest honors and an M.B.A. degree. He also completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School in 1988. For eleven years, he was named The Best CEO in Metals and Mining by Institutional Investor magazine. 

Sessions With Richard Adkerson

Monday, 18 March

  • 02:55pm - 03:35pm (CST) / 18/mar/2024 07:55 pm - 18/mar/2024 08:35 pm

    Building New Supply Chains Required for Net Zero

    Energy Infrastructure/Supply Chains

    Meeting the world’s ambitious net-zero goals will require establishing new and robust supply lines for the minerals, materials and fuels needed for the energy transition. These supply chains will be built in a new era of economic competition between major powers that see securing the clean energy industries of the future as a national priority. Are these supply chains being built and expanded fast enough to meet the needs of the energy transition? How are companies responding to government efforts to bring their supply chains closer to home? Where is more investment and effort needed most?