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Poor Communication Helped Lead to CEO’s Departure at Rio Tinto

A phone call accelerated events that cost Jean-Sébastien Jacques his job after the mining company blew up caves of archaeological importance.

9/20/2020 8:00:00 AM

A phone call accelerated events that cost Jean-Sébastien Jacques his job after the mining company blew up caves of archaeological importance.

A phone call accelerated a chain of events that cost Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sébastien Jacques his job after the mining company blew up caves of archaeological importance.

Sept. 11, 2020 11:59 am ETSYDNEY—A phone call on the evening of May 21 accelerated a chain of events that cost Rio Tinto PLC Chief Executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques his job.Rio Tinto workers had laid 66 tons of high explosives at the company’s Brockman 4 mine to unearth more than $1 billion in iron ore near a pair of ancient rock shelters. Mr. Jacques said the call came from corporate relations chief Simone Niven, who flagged a “potential issue” at the mine in Australia’s Pilbara region.

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Yeah, we’re all adults right? The truth is more likely aligned with CEO saying Go Ahead, we can handle the fallout Wonder if any of the mining companies are facing discipline for damaging our archaeology sites

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