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11 Sep 2020

Author:
Nick Toscano and Hamish Hastie, The Sydney Morning Herald

Rio Tinto CEO, top executives resign amid cave blast crisis

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11 September 2020

Rio Tinto boss Jean-Sebastien Jacques and two senior executives will be replaced after an investor revolt forced the mining giant's board to escalate its response to the blasting of the ancient Juukan Gorge rock shelters.

Mr Jacques, Rio's iron ore division boss Chris Salisbury and corporate affairs boss Simone Niven will depart the company within six months, the board said, following a series of crisis meetings [...].

[...] [T]he board said Mr Jacques, 48, would stay as chief executive until the appointment of his successor or until March 31, whichever was earlier.

The decision comes after months of escalating pressure from Aboriginal groups, top shareholders and government leaders [...].

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