Tributes flow after ports boss dies suddenly at WA workplace

Tributes flow after ports boss dies suddenly at WA workplace
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The CEO of Fremantle Ports died suddenly at work yesterday, sparking tributes for the “dynamic and engaging leader”.

Michael Parker, 52, died at the office shortly after 9am AWST on Wednesday, Fremantle Ports confirmed in a statement.

He was appointed CEO of the organisation in May 2021.

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Previously, he had a long career with Alcoa, an international leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products.

He was managing director and chairman of Alcoa Alumina and Alcoa of Australia between 2015 and 2019.

“Our focus today has been ensuring Michael’s family, his spouse Wendy, and their four children Ben, Jackson, Sophie and Dan, have our full support and our people receive the care and time they require to process this news,” a Fremantle Ports spokesperson said in a statement.

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“While at the helm of Fremantle Ports, Mr Parker was a dynamic and engaging leader who was extremely well-liked by staff throughout the organisation.”

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Among Parker’s achievements as CEO, the spokesperson said, were an “ambitious” change agenda that included major upgrades to port assets and significant organisational change.

“He was a wonderful father, an exceptional leader and will be sorely missed,” Fremantle Ports chair Chris Sutherland said.

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