Fremantle Ports chief executive Michael Parker dies suddenly at work

Sean Smith
The Nightly
Michael Parker is the new chief executive of Fremantle Ports.
Michael Parker is the new chief executive of Fremantle Ports. Credit: The Nightly/RegionalHUB

Fremantle Ports has been rocked by the sudden death of chief executive Michael Parker at its headquarters on Wednesday.

Mr Parker was appointed to the $523,000-a-year job at Fremantle Ports in 2021 after nearly 26 years in senior roles at bauxite and aluminium company Alcoa, in Australia and the US.

He finished his career at the US-owned group as the Perth-based head of Alcoa of Australia between 2015 and 2020.

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The State Government-owned Fremantle Ports confirmed the shock death, saying Mr Parker passed away “at work, shortly after 9am” on Wednesday.

He leaves behind wife Wendy and four children.

“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,” Fremantle Ports said.

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

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