Andrew Forrest has lost another key executive from his business empire following the shock departure of Fortescue Metals Group chief executive Fiona Hick. Harvest Road chief executive Paul Slaughter, previously the boss of Mrs Mac’s Pies for almost six years, has resigned from the agribusiness group after close to three years in the role. Harvest Road is part of the Forrests’ Tattarang private investment arm and includes businesses such Harvey Beef and seafood brand Leeuwin Coast. While Mr Slaughter is understood to have resigned several weeks ago, the news only emerged on Tuesday about 24 hours after Fortescue announced Ms Hick, pictured above, had quit the iron ore business under “mutual” agreement. She was CEO for just under six months, leaving her high-flying gig at Woodside Energy for what she believed would be a long-term role. Fortescue executives confirmed the decision was agreed by the board and Ms Hick on August 27, the same weekend the miner celebrated its 20-year anniversary during a star-studded party in the Pilbara. Mr Slaughter, pictured below, was poached to work at Harvest Road in early 2021. His appointment coincided with the company embarking on a new phase of domestic and international growth for its WA food brands, focused on meat protein and aquaculture. Tattarang chief executive John Hartman thanked Mr Slaughter for his commitment to overseeing the growth of Harvest Road’s integrated beef supply chain and aquaculture business. No comment was provided regarding Mr Slaughter’s next move, or who would replace him. “He has helped build our vision for Harvest Road to become a world leading food company, recognised for its leadership and contribution in animal welfare and environmental sustainability. That vision remains our focus,” Mr Hartman said in a statement. “We wish Paul all the very best for the future.” Mr Forrest has lost a number of key lieutenants over the past year across both Fortescue and Tattarang. Staff to have left the private group following the departure former Tattarang chief Andrew Hagger in late October have included chief financial officer Bree Fraser and her second-in-command Francine Ryan, while losses at the public company have included Felicity Gooding — who worked at Tattarang and Minderoo prior to becoming acting chief financial officer of Fortescue Future Industries — former Reserve Bank of Australia deputy governor Guy Debelle, Jenn Morris, Linda O’Farrell and chief financial officer Ian Wells. Ms Hick’s predecessor Elizabeth Gaines announced she would step down in December 2021 but remains with Fortescue as a part-time executive director and a global ambassador. Dino Otranto, previously the miner’s chief operating officer, was promoted to replace Ms Hick. Analysts have criticised the company for a lack of detail around her exit.