Peabody Energy has named Glenn Kellow president and COO. Kellow will have executive responsibility for all aspects of the company’s global operations including safety, production, sales/marketing, environmental, productivity improvement, engineering and planning. He most recently served as president of the aluminum and nickel business for BHP Billiton. Peabody also announced that Heather A. Wilson has been appointed as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Wilson currently serves as president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rhino Resource Partners announced that David G. Zatezalo, president, CEO and director of Rhino GP LLC, is retiring. Christopher I. Walton, Rhino GP LLC’s senior vice president and COO, has been named president. Zatezalo will retire on or before October 18. He will continue his employment with the partnership in a role that requires a reduced time commitment. Upon stepping down as CEO, Zatezalo will become chairman of the Board of Directors of Rhino GP LLC. Mark Zand, the current chairman, will remain a director of Rhino GP LLC.
Coalspur Mines Ltd. announced the appointment of Robert “Rob” Gough as CFO, effective October 1. Gough previously worked at BHP Billiton for 16 years that included a number of senior executive roles. Most recently, he was the vice president for finance for BHP Billiton’s Energy Coal division based in Sydney, Australia. In this role, he was responsible for the division’s statutory and management accounting, information management, and governance of capital investment, risk processes and compliance.
Pacific Coal Resources Ltd. announced the appointment of Octavio Arbelaez as a director of the company. Arbelaez has more than 15 years of experience in the Colombian energy sector and agricultural industries. He has been the CEO of Proelectrica & Cía. S.C.A. E.S.P. since 2007 and was the former manager of Comercializadora Andina de Energia S.A. E.S.P. He replaced Oscar Ordonez who recently resigned from the board.
ECSI LLC announced that Lawrence “Larry” Emerson has joined the company as senior project manager. Emerson will be based in ECSI’s Blacksburg, Va., office. Emerson brings more than 34 years of experience as an environmental scientist specializing in mining operations, permitting, reclamation and bonding. He has been employed in environmental management positions at Arch Coal, Alpha Natural Resources and Greenbrier Smokeless Coal Mining.
The National Mining Association’s Dan Gerkin recently announced he will be stepping down from his position of senior vice president of political affairs at the end of September. He has led a distinguished and productive career, serving as treasurer of NMA’s two political action committees, COALPAC and MINEPAC, and managing additional public affairs programs and activities from communications to government affairs.

With more than 40 years of experience in advocacy and association management in the mining industry, Gerkin started his career doing communications, outreach and government affairs for the West Virginia Surface Mining and Reclamation Association. He later served as executive director of the West Virginia Contractors Association.

He came to Washington in 1978 to help establish a new coal association, the Mining and Reclamation Council of America (MARC). He served as president of MARC from 1981 to 1987. MARC merged with the National Coal Association (NCA), and then later merged with the American Mining Congress in 1995, which created the NMA.

Kentucky coal advocate David A. Gooch died last month following a brief illness. Gooch served as the president of Coal Operators & Associates Inc., a position he held for 24 years. Gooch also ran the Pikeville Reclamation Office during the formative years of the state’s SMCRA Primacy Program. He left the state to work in the private industry prior to taking his current position. He was also an NMA member and served as former chairman of NMA’s State Association Executive Council.

Gooch also served in several other coal related capacities, including: former chairman of the Coal Industry Enhancement Committee of the East Kentucky Economic Development, Jobs Creation Corporation, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Coal Journal — just to name a few.

Perry McKinney has joined Industrial Plating & Machine as vice president of production. Overseeing IPM’s repair and production activities at the company’s manufacturing center in Bluefield, W.Va., he began his career as a welder-mechanic at West Virginia Armature in 1974. In 1976, he joined Phillips Machine Service as its first employee.
Superior Industries named Terin Louis and Matt Wulf as new conveyor components territory managers in the Northeast and Midwest.
Synthesis Energy Systems Inc. appointed Charles Costenbader as CFO. He has 25 years of experience in energy-related finance. In his most recent position with Tangent Energy Solutions, he was responsible for project financing activities regarding power generation projects and hedging structures for environmental credits and power.