Rio Tinto CEO resigns over destruction of Aborginal site

Rio Tinto’s CEO and two other top officers resigned Friday after an uproar over the mining giant’s destruction of an ancient Aboriginal heritage site to expand an iron ore mine in Australia.

Following a board investigation into the May 24 incident, Rio Tinto chairman Simon Thompson said CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques was stepping down “by mutual agreement” along with the chief of the company’s core Iron Ore division, Chris Salisbury, and corporate relations head Simone Niven.


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