Group (Fortescue) General Manager of Eliwana operations Katie Day has been
recognised for her work in the mining sector with her inclusion in the Business
News 40under40 Awards class of 2021.
Now in its 20th year,
the Awards celebrate Western Australia’s top young talent across a diverse mix
of sectors from finance and health to law and community leadership.
Ms Day started her journey with
Fortescue over 10 years ago as a personal assistant, before progressing through
roles in the health, safety and environment teams. She has taken on leadership
roles in Company’s operations in Port Hedland and most recently was appointed
General Manager Eliwana in 2020.
She is the youngest female
operational general manager in Fortescue’s history and leads a team with some of
the highest workplace diversity rates across the Company’s Pilbara operations,
including 25 per cent female participation and 16 per cent Aboriginal
employment at Eliwana.
“The mining and resources
industry is making significant contributions to Western Australia and the
nation’s economy and I am so proud to be able to drive diversity and contribute
to a safer mining sector,” Ms Day Said.
“Fortescue’s unique culture and
values have provided me with significant opportunities to progress my career
and I now want to use my position as a leader within the business to empower
others to reach their full potential.”
Fortescue Chief Executive Officer
Elizabeth Gaines said, “I congratulate Katie on being included in the
prestigious 40under40 Awards, as a recognition of her significant contribution
to Western Australia’s mining sector. Katie has been instrumental in driving
diversity improvements at Fortescue and has a genuine passion for supporting
women in the sector.
“She exemplifies the Fortescue
values of empowerment and humility as a leader, providing a flexible and
supportive working environment for her team members while also being a constant
champion for health and safety.”