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Rio Tinto CEO resigns over destruction of caves

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 11, 2020
Following the publication of the Board Review of Cultural Heritage Management (the Board Review), undertaken in response to the destruction of the Juukan rockshelters in May 2020, the Board of Rio Tinto has engaged extensively with shareholders, Traditional Owners, Indigenous leaders and other stakeholders.
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While there is general recognition of the transparency of the Board Review and support for the changes recommended, significant stakeholders have expressed concerns about executive accountability for the failings identified.

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By mutual agreement, J-S Jacques will step down from his role as an executive director and Chief Executive of the Group.

J-S will remain in his role until the appointment of his successor or 31 March 2021, whichever is earlier.

Chris Salisbury will step down as Chief Executive, Iron Ore and will leave Rio Tinto on 31 December 2020.

Ivan Vella, currently Managing Director for Rail, Port and Core Services within Rio Tinto Iron Ore, will replace him on an interim basis, following a handover period with Chris.

Simone Niven will step down as Group Executive, Corporate Relations, and will leave the Group on 31 December 2020 after completing an orderly transition of her responsibilities.

As previously announced, Rio Tinto is establishing a new Social Performance assurance function, reporting to Mark Davies, Group Executive, HSE, Technical and Projects, to strengthen oversight of communities and heritage practices and performance within the operations.