People - July-August 2017


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Grant Quasha

Paringa Resources Ltd. appointed U.S.-based banking and coal executive, Grant Quasha, as managing director and CEO. Todd Hannigan will move to deputy chairman. Tom Todd will move to a nonexecutive director role and Taso Arima will step down from his nonexecutive director position. Previously, Quasha was the chief commercial officer of Bowie Resource Partners.

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Greg Gillian

Norwest Corp. appointed Greg Gillian as president of U.S. operations. Since joining Norwest in 2005, he has held numerous technical and program management roles in client and partner offices as well as in Norwest’s regional and Canadian offices. He most recently held the position of vice president responsible for performance of Norwest’s Processing and Industrial Minerals business units while managing projects in coal, oil sands, metals and industrial and agri-minerals.

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Jean Savage                  Karl Weiss

CAT announced Doug Hoerr, vice president of the Material Handling and Underground Division (MH&U), has elected to retire from the company. His retirement is effective August 1, after 24 years with the company. Tom Bluth, who was first named a vice president in 2007 and is currently vice president of the Surface Mining & Technology Division (SM&T), will become Caterpillar’s chief technology officer and the vice president of the Innovation & Technology Development Division (ITDD). Jean Savage, who was first named a Caterpillar vice president in 2014 and is currently Caterpillar’s CTO and the vice president of ITDD, will become the vice president of SM&T. In 2013, Karl Weiss was named a Caterpillar vice president for the Earthmoving Division, the position he still holds today. Weiss will become the vice president of MH&U, replacing Hoerr. Caterpillar’s board of directors has appointed Frederic Istas, currently aftermarket solutions global manager for Caterpillar’s Global Aftermarket Solutions Division, to the position of vice president of the Earthmoving Division. Istas joined Caterpillar in 1996 as part of the Europe, Africa & Middle East (EAME) Marketing Division, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Evelyn Maki

Evelyn Maki is the new vice president of marketing communications at Komatsu Mining Corp. She was previously the director of marketing communications at Joy Global.

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Levi D. Allen

Levi D. Allen was sworn in as the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International secretary-treasurer, replacing Robert J. Scaramozzino. He began his coal mining career in 2007 at the McElroy mine (now the Marshall County mine) as a general inside laborer. After working as a beltman, he earned his electrician’s card and began working as a mechanic/electrician throughout the mine. Allen was active in Local Union 1638 from the start, and became the local’s recording secretary in 2010. He was elected to the Mine Committee in 2012 and as local union president in 2014. He was hired on to the international staff in 2015.

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Swadhin Saurabh

The 2016 MEI Young Person’s Award was presented to Swadhin Saurabh, who is currently working as a project manager/senior process engineer with Millcreek Engineering Co., based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Swadhin was nominated for the award by professor Jan Miller and Dr. Raj K. Rajamani of the University of Utah. At Millcreek, he works on various mineral processing and material handling systems design, basic and detailed engineering, international business development, proposal preparation, full project execution, and commissioning and startups of projects of various commodities such as precious metals, base metals, coal, and industrial minerals.

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Rusty Linn is now vice president sales at Burrell Mining Products. He was previously strategic business manager at DSI Underground.

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Ralph Cutler

WesTech Engineering Inc. appointed Ralph Cutler as president. Cutler currently serves as WesTech’s vice president of industrial products and sales. Rex Plaizier, who has been serving as both chief executive officer and president, will continue in his role as CEO.

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Seaport Global Securities LLC announced that Kurt Oehlberg has joined its investment banking department as managing director, mining and metals, and Chad Jennings has signed on as vice president, mining and metals. Oehlberg’s career prior to joining Seaport Global includes more than 30 years of experience with firms including Rothschild Inc., Chase Securities and FBR Capital Markets. Jennings has held positions with Contura Energy, Alpha Natural Resources and FBR Capital Markets.

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People - June 2017

Anthony Webb has joined Cutlass Collieries as senior vice president of underground operations. Previously, he was president of Mach Mining.


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Ellen Ewart has joined Coronado Coal as vice president of investor relations. Previously, she was vice president of research for Wood Mackenzie.

Al Clayborne is the new regional director for the Mid-Continent Region of the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

Arrow Material Services named Bill Henderson chief commercial officer. Prior to joining Arrow, he held a variety of executive and managerial positions with RJ Corman Railroad Group and with Ashland Inc.

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Humberto Gonzalez has joined Hawk Measurement as a sales director. Gonzalez has been in the instrumentation and control world for more than 30 years with companies such as Milltronics, Magnetrol and Robert Shaw.



People - April 2017



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Charles Meintjes             George Schuller Jr.          Holly Krutka

Peabody Energy named Charles Meintjes to the new position of executive vice president-corporate services and chief commercial officer. George Schuller Jr. will succeed Meintjes as Peabody Energy President-Australia. Both positions will report to Glenn Kellow, president and CEO. Meintjes will have executive responsibility for sales and marketing, corporate development, information technology (IT), Peabody Business Services, technical services, and coal generation and emissions technology. He also will have temporary oversight of the human resources areas. He will return to Peabody’s global headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Meintjes joined Peabody in 2007. In addition to serving as President of Australian Operations and Acting President of the Americas, he has led technical functions, large re-engineering programs, IT system implementations and large industrial construction projects.

Schuller will have executive responsibility for Peabody’s Australia operating platform, which includes overseeing the areas of health and safety, operations, sales and marketing, product delivery and support functions. He has more than 30 years of experience with Peabody in senior management roles in both surface and underground operations in the United States and Australia, most recently serving as COO for Australia, a position he held nearly four years. The company does not intend to replace the Australian COO position. 

In related news, Holly Krutka, Ph.D, has been named vice president of coal generation and emissions technologies for Peabody Energy. She will report to Meintjes. Dr. Krutka will work to help protect and enhance the existing U.S. coal fleet as well as promote the use of high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) technologies. This will include working on public policy proposals that advance the commercialization of carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) technology. 

Bowie Resource Partners appointed Gene DiClaudio CEO. Carlos Pons, a Bowie board member, has been appointed co-CEO alongside DiClaudio. The company’s founder and chairman, John J. Siegel, has stepped down from his executive duties to become non-executive chairman. Prior to joining Bowie in 2013 as COO, DiClaudio served as president of the Arch Western Bituminous Group for seven years. Previously, Gene was president of Mountain Coal Co., LLC and held senior executive positions at ARCO Coal and BP Coal. Carlos Pons has 13 years of experience in M&A in mining and natural resources. Pons represents Galena Asset Management, a private investment arm of the Trafigura Group, which holds an ownership stake in Bowie.

Hunter Hobson has been appointed president Corsa Coal’s Central Appalachia (CAPP) Division. He has served as vice president of sales for KopperGlo Mining, a Corsa subsidiary since 2014. Hobson replaces Keith D. Dyke who has been an integral part of Corsa’s growth and now plans to retire.


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Jeffrey Dawes

Jeffrey Dawes, former leader of Komatsu Latin America has been tapped to lead the new Komatsu Mining Corp. (See Suppliers News, p. 42).



People - November/December 2016

Rhino Resource Partners appointed Richard A. Boone as chief executive officer of Rhino GP, effective January 1. Boone served as president of Rhino GP since September and prior to that as executive vice president and CFO. Boone will succeed Joseph E. Funk, who served as CEO since November 2014. Funk will serve as a senior advisor to the partnership from January 1 through March 31.

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People - Sept 2016

Rhino Resource Partners announced several appointments. Rick Boone was promoted to the position of president of the general partner and all subsidiaries. Boone most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer since 2014. Additionally, Scott Morris was promoted to the position of vice president and chief financial officer. Morris has served under Boone in different senior level financial roles since joining Rhino in 2010, most recently as vice president of finance. William Tuorto, the general partner’s chairman of the board, will assume the position of executive chairman.

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