After four years in the role, Fortescue (ASX: FMG) CEO Elizabeth Gaines is stepping down. She will become a non-executive director and serve as a global green hydrogen brand ambassador for the company.
FMG is transitioning from pure play iron ore and metals exploration to become a vertically integrated green energy and resources group.
Gaines has been a key figure in this change during her nine years at the company - across her roles as non-executive Director, CFO and CEO.
“Elizabeth’s depth of character, leadership, global integrity and respect is appreciated by Fortescue’s executives and fellow directors,” says Chairman Andrew Forrest.
"With the new CEO our team will continue to empower Fortescue’s leadership of a commercial solution to global warming."
Gaines will help the company find a new CEO who can lead FMG towards achieving carbon neutrality for Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030. The company aims to do this through absolute emissions reduction, rather than by using offsets.
“I know the successful candidate will be able to build on our excellent operational performance and lead the diversification of Fortescue from a pure play iron ore producer to a renewable energy and resources company,” Gaines noted.
Previously, Forrest has said that he doesn’t expect FMG to be making green hydrogen at scale until at least 2023.
Until then, FMG’s shares remain largely tied to iron ore prices.
China’s appetite for iron ore jumped in November, with customs data showing a 14.6% increase on the month and 6.9% increase year-on-year.
Broker consensus rates the company as a Hold.
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