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Fortescue Declares Sudden Departure of CEO Fiona Hick


Fiona Hick, the Chief Executive Officer of Fortescue Metals, is stepping down from her position at the iron ore mining company merely six months after assuming the leadership role.

According to an official statement by Fortescue, Hick’s departure was a mutually agreed-upon decision between her and the board. The company conveyed its well-wishes for her future endeavors in a statement released on Monday.

Hick had joined Fortescue from Woodside in February, and the immediate assumption of responsibilities by her successor, former head of operations Dino Otranto, indicates an absence of a transitional phase. Analysts inquired about the reasons behind this executive change, to which Fortescue responded that it was a pre-planned step aimed at an expedited appointment process.

Over the past three years, Fortescue has experienced significant turnover within its executive team, with approximately ten major changes, including departures and role reassignments, occurring since 2021. Earlier in the year, the longstanding finance head, Ian Wells, resigned, followed closely by the former Deputy Reserve Bank Governor, Guy Debelle, who shifted from his executive position to a different role. Debelle’s decision was influenced by a bicycle accident he was recovering from at the time.


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