Arch Coal, Inc. has appointed Jeffrey W. Strobel vice president of business development and strategy. The company also announced Matt Ferguson has been appointed senior vice president of Arch Coal Sales, Inc. He will be responsible for metallurgical and thermal sales into the European and South American markets, domestic metallurgical sales, trading and commercial logistics. Jennifer Johnson will continue as a senior vice president of Arch Coal Sales, with responsibility for all of Arch’s domestic thermal coal sales. John Ziegler has been appointed senior director of compensation and benefits.


Patriot Coal Corp. announced that Paul A. Schnapp has been promoted to vice president of commercial services and Christopher R. Parcell has been promoted to vice president of decision support.


Peabody Energy has appointed Gerry Brophy chief project officer-Australia and Keith Downham vice president of resource development-Indonesia. The company also announced Mongolia’s Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism has honored Peabody’s Senior Manager of International Reclamation Vern Pfannenstiel as a ‘Distinguished Environmentalist’ for his leadership to establish best scientific practices in land restoration to protect Mongolia’s environment. The award is a credit to Pfannenstiel’s work directing Mongolia’s first coal mine restoration project near the community of Bulgan, which included collaboration with joint venture partner Peabody-Winsway, based in Ulaanbaatar.


American Electric Power recently promoted Dennis E. Welch to executive vice president and chief administrative officer.


AES Corp. announced President and CEO Paul Hanrahan will be leaving the company at the end of November. He will step down from his position, transitioning his management and board responsibilities to COO Andrés Gluski.


Carabella Resources Ltd. has appointed Anthony Quin managing director.


Forbes & Manhattan (Coal) Corp. has appointed Kevern Mattison general manager of its Slater Coal operations, based in Dundee, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.


Encore Energy, Inc. has appointed William Champion vice president of business development.


W.Va. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed C.A. Phillips director of the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training.


SGS has appointed James W. Robinson technical director. He will support all SGS metallurgical coal and coke testing facilities worldwide and their clients.


Runge Ltd. has appointed David Meldrum managing director. Christian Larsen, an executive director, has been appointed head of technology and strategic development; Peter Olsen has been appointed acting COO, and will continue as executive general manager of global development; and Kieran Wallace has been appointed CFO.


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has appointed Lanny E. Erdos head of the state’s Division of Mineral Resources Management.


DSI Underground Systems, Inc. announced the promotion of Jim Pinkley to president and general manager for the U.S. mining sales and operations.


Gemcom Software International Inc. has appointed John Vandermay vice president of product development.


Pickands Mather Lake Services Co. has appointed John Blakeslee bulk materials coordinator.


Sauls Seismic, Inc. has appointed Jeff Taylor sales coordinator/blasting liability specialist in the company’s Louisville, Ky., office.


Deister Machine Company, Inc. announced Irwin F. Deister Jr., co-owner and chairman, recently celebrated 60 years of service to the family-owned company.