Alpha Natural Resources recently announced that Paul Vining will add the position of president to his current role as chief commercial officer. Kurt Kost, Alpha’s current president, is leaving the company following 31 years of service. He will remain with Alpha until the end of May 2012, serving in an advisory capacity. Vining will continue to have responsibility for sales and marketing, and will add responsibility for Alpha’s mining operations, assuming all of Kost’s duties.

Peabody Energy announced that all 11 directors were re-elected for one-year terms at the company’s 2012 annual meeting of shareholders. Re-elected directors are: Gregory H. Boyce, chairman and CEO, Peabody Energy; William A. Coley, former CEO, British Energy Group plc; William E. James, co-founder and managing general partner, RockPort Capital Partners LLC; Robert B. Karn III, former managing partner, Arthur Andersen in St. Louis; M. Frances Keeth, former executive vice president, Royal Dutch Shell, plc; Henry E. Lentz, former managing director, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC; Robert A. Malone, former executive vice president, BP plc and CEO, First National Bank of Sonora, Texas; William C. Rusnack, former president and CEO, Premcor Inc.; John F. Turner, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; Sandra A. Van Trease, group president, BJC Healthcare; and Alan H. Washkowitz, former managing director, Lehman Brothers Inc.

American Electric Power has appointed Alberto Ruocco vice president and chief information officer.

Colombia Energy Resources, Inc. has appointed Brian L. Miller vice president of business development, strategic planning and marketing. Miller has held numerous senior management positions in the natural resources and coal industry, most recently as a vice president of Alpha Natural Resources.

Xylem has appointed Grant Salstrom managing director, Godwin. He will be responsible for the growth and development of the Godwin and Flygt brands within the dewatering market in the United States.

DSI Underground Systems Mining USA recently announced personnel promotions/additions: Jeff McCall has been appointed East sales manager; Jeff Bauschard has been appointed West sales manager; Scott Shapkoff has been appointed North America special projects manager; Ted Allen has been appointed Cambridge plant operations manager; and Mike Yaworsky has been appointed Salt Lake City plant operations manager.

Richard Tagge, former general manager of Mine Radio Systems Africa, has returned to the United States to take over the role of MRS U.S. sales manager.