Fortescue announces new head of Pilbara iron ore ops

Fortescue Metals Group has announced the appointment of David Woodall as the new operations director for its Pilbara iron ore projects.

Woodall will step into replace former head Jamie Frankcombe, who had only worked in the position for a year, according to The West.

He will step into the position from 14 January.

It comes as FMG ramps up its Solomon Hub.

Fortescue stated that "David's experience in open pit and underground mines in ore ore, gold, and base metal operations will make him a great asset [for the company]".

Woodall is the son of Roy Woodall, who played a major part in the discoveries of the Olympic Dam, Kambalda mineral belt, the East Spar oil condensate field, and the Yeelirrie uranium deposit.

Roy Woodall was also a recipient of the Mueller Medal for his contribution to science in uncovering these deposits.

David Woodall is the latest shake up in the company's management, which included Rod Campbell and Julian Tapp.