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  • March 18 - 22, 2024
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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 - 2011 and 2020 - 2022. He is a member of The Business Council, Business Roundtable, Council on Foreign Relations and serves as Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States. 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 ten years, he was named The Best CEO in Metals and Mining by Institutional Investor magazine.

Sessions With Richard Adkerson

Monday, 6 March

  • 11:10am - 11:50am (CST) / 06/mar/2023 05:10 pm - 06/mar/2023 05:50 pm

    Will a Shortage of Minerals Short Circuit the Transition?

    Energy Infrastructure/Supply Chain
    As the key components of batteries and electrification technologies, demand for copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt and other critical minerals is expected to grow exponentially. But the supply chains to bring these commodities to market face an array of trade, permitting and social economic challenges. Can governments and industry overcome these challenges and ensure security of supply of essential energy transition minerals? Or do supply deficits risk upending transition goals?