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.”