Suncor CEO resigns after second worker dies this year

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Suncor CEO steps down after second worker dies this year

A giant truck transports tar sand to the Suncor oil site near Fort McMurray.

Suncor Corporation has announced that its Board of Directors has mutually agreed to the departure of its President and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Little, following the death of a mine worker of the company.

The company acknowledges in a press release a failure in terms of safety in its operations and is therefore making a change in the head of its management.

Suncor is committed to achieving safety and operational excellence across all of its businesses, and we need to recognize our shortcomings and the importance of change,” said Suncor. said Michael Wilson, Chairman of the Board.

We commend Mark for his professionalism and outstanding work in guiding Suncor through the pandemic [… ]. We thank him for his years of service to the company and wish him well, he added.

Mark Little joined Suncor in 2008 before rising through the ranks of the oil company to become its director.

A contract worker for the mining company was killed Thursday morning at Base Mine, north of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

A preliminary investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has determined that the death of the 26-year-old man is not being considered suspicious.

This is the 13th death of a worker at a Suncor site since 2014.

Earlier this year, Mark Little said the he company needed to improve the safety of its operating sites to protect its employees, following a collision between two heavy trucks which killed a first contract employee and left two injured.

Suncor management reacted at the time by presenting a plan to improve the safety of its operations, but Thursday's incident got the better of the oil company's chief executive .

Suncor Executive Vice President Kris Smith has been named interim CEO to manage the transition phase, pending the appointment of a new CEO. direction of the business.

Suncor's Board of Directors has engaged an international executive search firm to assist with this process. above.

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