Fortescue Metals executive director Peter Meurs has quit the miner to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
He has reportedly accepted a full time international role with the religious group, with his resignation taking effect as of today.
Meurs has been with the company since 2010 as ‘director development’, stepping into a dual executive director role in 2013.
He made his mark at Fortescue leading the US$9 billion T155 expansion project.
Commenting on Meurs decision, chairman Andrew Forrest stated, “Peter lives and breathes innovation and has empowered those around him through his ability to passionately articulate a clear vision.”
“From his early days with us at Worley Parsons to Fortescue executive director, he played a critical role in our development.
“I thank Peter deeply for his courage to shoot for over the horizon targets, always having a bullet proof Plan B, and most of all for giving such an extensive part of his highly productive life to Fortescue.”
FMG CEO Nev Power commended Meurs on the role he played at the miner, and his “bringing infrastructure on time and on budget”.
“We all wish Peter and his wife Maxine the very best as they embark together on an exciting journey of humble and dedicated service to their Church and community.”
Simon Carter, group manager development, will now be responsible for FMG’s exploration, development, and project portfolio, and will continue to manage key projects and look to establish new ventures for the miner, Fortescue stated.