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Fortescue top executive’s bittersweet farewell

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Fortescue has farewelled another top executive after more than a decade of service with the iron ore giant.

Deputy chief executive Julie Shuttleworth has stepped down from her role with the aim of spending time travelling with her family, the Australian Financial Review (AFR) reported.

“It’s time to spend more quality time with my family and that will include some great adventures while travelling together,” Shuttleworth told the AFR.

“I have really loved my 11 years with Fortescue and the experiences that I’ve had during this time – from sitting with the excavator and dump truck operators at Cloudbreak, to travelling the globe with the chairman (Andrew Forrest) meeting presidents and prime ministers, to working in the jungle in Gabon and everything in between.

“I have had amazing career growth and worked with thousands of incredible people.”

Fortescue thanked Shuttleworth for her service, which has involved running mining operations in Africa and holding the role of energy division chief executive.

“Julie has been an integral part of Fortescue’s success,” a Fortescue spokesperson told the AFR.

“We thank Julie for all she has contributed over 11 years and wish her the best as she enjoys some travel and time with her family.”

Shuttleworth is the latest executive to depart from the company, with Fortescue Energy chief financial officer Deborah Caudle resigning in January.

Fortescue is continuing to look to the future despite the departure, recently marking a sustainability milestone with the first run of a hydrogen-powered T 264 haul truck prototype last month.

The successful operation of the truck, dubbed ‘Europa’, built in partnership with Liebherr, marks the latest in Fortescue’s journey to develop and supply zero-emission haul trucks for the mining industry.

Europa contains a 1.6-megawatt battery developed in-house by Fortescue WAE, and 500 kilowatts of fuel cells. The prototype can store over 380kg of liquid hydrogen.

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