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Ousted James Hardie CEO Rejects Allegations Behind Dismissal

  • Truong created ‘overtly hostile’ environment, company said
  • Ex-CEO says he was ‘blindsided’ by decision to fire him
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Jack Truong, who was last week fired as chief executive officer of Australian building-materials maker James Hardie Industries Plc, says he “unequivocally” rejects the company’s assertions that he created a hostile work environment. 

Truong, who had been in the job less than three years, was dismissed after multiple employees raised concerns about his “threatening and intimidating behavior,” the company said Jan. 7.  After an initial investigation, Truong was given the opportunity to address the issues and change his behavior, but it was clear “sincere change” did not occur, Chairman Mike Hammes said.