Susan Jones out Ken Seitz in as head of Nutrien potash operations

Nutrien to temporarily shut down three Saskatchewan potash mines Nutrien aims for ‘mine of the future’ as Cory operation marks 50 years of potash Nutrien to move chief strategy officer, chief legal officer jobs to Saskatoon It is not clear what implications Jones’s departure will have for Nutrien, which launched a major public relations campaign after its lack of executives in the province drew the ire of the government and the local business community.Earlier this year, after the StarPhoenix reported on the locations of its senior leaders outside Saskactchewan, the company committed to move its chief strategy officer and chief legal officer positions to its corporate office in Saskatoon.Tigley said the company’s strategies and business plan remain on track, and Nutrien expects “minimal impact” to its customers.Jones’s departure comes at a moment of weakness for the potash industry, which has seen major producers including Nutrien slash production in the face of weakening global demand after around two years of steady growth.Canpotex will be led by Derek Gross, its current senior vice president of finance and strategy, until its board of directors chooses a permanent CEO, spokeswoman Natashia Stinka said Thursday morning in an email. amacpherson@postmedia.comtwitter.com/macphersonaRelated Just over a year after she was appointed to manage Nutrien Ltd.’s potash operations in Saskatchewan, Susan Jones is leaving the world’s largest fertilizer company.Jones, who was seen by some as a potential heir to chief executive Chuck Magro, will be replaced by Ken Seitz, the current head of the international potash marketing firm Canptoex Ltd.Nutrien spokesman Will Tigley said Jones’s departure was a “difficult and personal decision,” and that while she will remain on until the end of 2019, Seitz will assume his new role on Oct. 1.Seitz grew up on a farm outside Regina and worked at Cameco Corp. before taking over as head of Canpotex in 2015. Canpotex is wholly owned by Nutrien and Mosaic Co., and sells potash overseas for both mining companies.Nutrien owns and operates six of the 10 active potash mines in the province. Last year, it shipped more than 13 million tonnes of potash — around 20 per cent of all potash estimated to have shipped worldwide in 2018. Susan Jones, Nutrien Ltd.’s president of potash operations, was responsible for six of Saskatchewan’s 10 mines. Greg Pender / The StarPhoenix Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Canpotex Ltd. CEO Ken Seitz in his Saskatoon office on Oct. 30, 2015.

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