Fremantle Ports chief executive Michael Parker dies suddenly at work

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Fremantle Ports chief executive Michael Parker has died suddenly at work, leaving behind a wife and four children.

Mr Parker, 52, joined Fremantle Ports in May 2021 after almost 26 years at bauxite and aluminium company Alcoa, in both Australia and the United States.

During his time there, he became the managing director/chairman of Alcoa Alumina and Alcoa of Australia between 2015 and 2019.

Fremantle Ports confirmed their boss had died just after 9am on Wednesday.

“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 statement read.

“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.

“Mr Parker was deeply committed to the safety and wellbeing of all people and led the way in his demonstration of these values.”

Fremantle Ports said in his three years as chief executive, Mr Parker led an ambitious agenda of change.

“That included a major capital works program to upgrade port assets and a suite of effective organisational change initiatives directed at ensuring the organisation was prepared for a dynamic future in the decades ahead,” the statement read.

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