- Jean-Sébastien Jacques, Rio Tinto’s chief executive, is stepping down following the backlash over the firm’s destruction of 46,000 year-old indigenious caves in western Australia.
- The mining company is on the hunt for another CEO to replace Jacques. Two other senior executives will depart by the end of this year.
- Rio Tinto chairman said in a statement that the company is determined to regain the trust of the indigenous people and “reestablish its reputation as a leader in communities and heritage management.”
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Mining giant Rio Tinto announced on Friday that CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques will quit the firm along with two other senior executives, following the outcry over its destruction of two ancient caves in Australia that were considered sacred by indigenous people.
Jacques, who has headed the Anglo-Australian firm since 2016, will remain chief executive until the end of March 2021 or until the