Hall of Distinction Class of 1994-1995

Rene Louis Latiolais, president and chief operating officer of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 21, 1942. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. He also completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration in 1977.

Latiolais began his career with Freeport Sulphur Company in 1965and held several technical, operational and management positions progressing from chemical engineer to assistant to the president. In 1979, he was transferred to the New York headquarters of Freeport Minerals Company as a corporate development officer, and 1980 was named president of Freeport’s National Potash Company. In 1982 he became a vice president of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., and additionally in 1984 an executive vice president of Freeport Minerals Company. Two years later, he became a senior vice president of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., and in 1988 was also named president and chief executive officer of Freeport-McMoRan Resource Partners, LP.

Latiolais also became executive vice president and chief operating officer-agricultural minerals of Freeport-McMoRan. In May 1993 he was elected to his present position of president and chief operating officer of Freeport-McMoRan. He was elected a director of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. in July 1993. following the most recent reorganization of the Freeport-McMoRan family of companies in July 1995, two stand-alone companies survive: one devoted to the agricultural minerals business and the other to copper and gold mining in Indonesia. He will serve as the president and CEO of Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., the entity owning the Agricultural Minerals business, and as vice chairman of the Board of Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Company.

Latiolais serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations: Christian Health Ministries (Baptist and Mercy Hospitals in New Orleans), chairman of the Board of Inroads, Inc. of New Orleans, The City Energy Club of New Orleans and the LSU Foundation. He is a member of the New Orleans Country Club, English Turn Country Club, The Country Club of Louisiana, and the New Orleans Lawn and Tennis Club.

During the past several years, he has served on the boards of several industry association organizations including: International Fertilizer Association, The Fertilizer Institute, Phosphate Chemicals Export Association, Potash and Phosphate Institute, Foundation for Agronomic Research, American Phosphate Foundation and the Florida Council of 100.

Mr. Latiolais is married to the former Joan Filizola who attended LSU, and they have three children: Renelle Brame, Craig and Christopher.