Xinergy appointed Jeffrey A. Wilson as president and CEO. He recently served as senior vice president-operations for the company.

Westmoreland Coal Co. announced that Brian Blackman, director of investor relations, has left the company.

Total Spectrum announced Fred Palmer as a partner of the firm. Most recently, he served as the special advisor to the office of Peabody’s executive chairman.

John D. Small has been named to lead the Kentucky Division of Mine Safety by Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely. The appointment of the former Excel Mining vice president of eastern Kentucky operations was effective February 22. Small, who retired from the Alpha Natural Resources subsidiary last year, replaces Frank Reed.

The Coal Utilization Research Council appointed Shannon Angielski the executive director of the coalition.

Mississippi Lime Co. named William H. Ayers as CEO. Since 2011, he has led the company as president and COO. It also named Michael A. DeCola, former CEO,
as chairman of the board of directors. He is CEO of HBM Holdings,
the parent company of Mississippi Lime Co.

Rodney Poland has been promoted to vice president of sales for Jennmar Corp. Poland has been with the company for the past 19 years, most recently as eastern regional sales manager. Prior to Jennmar, he was with CONSOL Energy for more than 15 years. Poland replaces Dan Statler, who has chosen to retire.

Dr. Jessica E. Kogel has assumed the position of associate director for mining in the Office of the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She will lead NIOSH’s Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, which also coordinates the Pittsburgh Mining Research Division and the Spokane Mining Research Division.

Cat elected Denise Johnson, currently vice president with responsibility for the Material Handling and Underground (MH&U) Division, as group president of Resources Industries. The appointment follows the recently announced retirement of Group President Ed Rapp. Johnson joined Caterpillar in 2011 as the general manager of Cat’s Specialty Products business unit. Doug Hoerr, currently vice president with responsibility for Cat’s Wear, Components and Aftermarket Division, will replace Johnson as vice president of the MH&U Division. Greg Folley, vice president with responsibility for the Sustainable Solutions Division (SSD), will also assume responsibility for Hoerr’s current division. The remanufacturing business, currently overseen by Folley, will transfer to Tana Utley, vice president with responsibility for the Large Power Systems Division.

McLanahan Corp. promoted Cory Jenson, who previously held the position of general manager–environmental, to vice president of global product management and development. Additionally, Mark Krause, formerly general manager-aggregate processing, has been promoted to managing director–North America.

Mike Nelson joined Huesker as the regional manager of mining. He will be responsible for handling accounts in the Northern Appalachian, Ohio Valley and Illinois Basin regions. Randall M. Orchard was also hired and will be headquartered in Shelby, North Carolina, and will be primarily responsible for providing operations management.

Robert Nogaj has been named COO of Martin Engineering.

Sandra K. Basehore and Gerald W. Longenecker have been named executive vice president-environmental services and executive vice president-engineering services, respectively, at Skelly and Loy Inc.

Dave Gambrel passed away during mid-February. Coal Age readers will recognize him for his recent contributions related to coal transportation and logistics. He was a former director of transportation for Peabody Energy. Gambrel was involved with the LAXT terminal at the Port of Los Angeles and the Dominion Terminal in Virginia. Gambrel traveled the world, managing the company’s ship chartering program. His bride asked that those who wish to pay their respects make donations in his name to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Columbus, Ohio, businessman and philanthropist Robert Hutchins “Tad” Jeffrey II died at the age of 86 on February 13 at his home. Jeffrey, whose family founded a successful and innovative company manufacturing equipment for coal extraction, left his own mark in the business world, and on the Columbus civic and arts scene through his investing knowledge and philanthropic activities. After his family sold its heavy-equipment manufacturing business in 1974, the Jeffrey Co. became exclusively an investment vehicle.