“Paul brings vast leadership experience in the global coal industry to this newly expanded role, and I firmly believe that combining our mining operations with our sales and marketing efforts at this time will create the most effective business model for Alpha and provide new opportunities for growth and synergy,” said Kevin Crutchfield, CEO, Alpha Natural Resources. “Kurt has been a tremendous leader for Alpha and his work integrating Foundation Coal and Massey Energy into Alpha operations has been a critical factor in Alpha’s success.”