Asia Resource Minerals (formerly Bumi) named Chris Walton chairman.  Oleg Korzhov appointed  as Mechel OAO’s CEO
Chris Walton Oleg Korzhov

Coalview Ltd. appointed Roger Fish, P.E., as its new president, CEO and director. He succeeded David Schwedel, interim president and CEO, the company’s lead investor and founder, who will remain as executive director. For nearly a decade, Fish held various leadership positions at TransAlta Corp. including mine engineering director, mine director, director of North American mine operations,
and most recently as the director, commercial operations
(See Operating Ideas, p. 38).

Asia Resource Minerals (formerly Bumi) named Chris Walton chairman. Nick Salmon will become a non-executive director; Julian Horn-Smith, current deputy chairman, will step down.

Mechel OAO appointed Senior Vice President for Economics and Management Oleg Korzhov as Mechel OAO’s CEO. Evgeny Mikhel, who occupied this post since 2010, left the company. Korzhov has been the senior vice president for economics and management since October 2011.

James H. “Buck” Harless, a Gilbert, W.Va., native and major entrepreneur with significant holdings in mining, timber and manufacturing, died on January 1. He founded International Industries Inc. in 1947, and was a proud member of the West Virginia Coal Hall of Fame. Harless donated millions to the Mingo County community to provide local residents access to a community center that includes a movie theater, a swimming pool, exercise equipment, educational rooms and a community health center. In addition to his philanthropic efforts in Mingo County, Harless also was a major supporter of the state’s universities. He was one of the first contributors to Marshall’s Society of Yeager Scholars. The university also is home to the Buck Harless Student Athlete Program and the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development. He served as a member of the West Virginia University System Board of Trustees, was past chair of Marshall University Board of Advisors, a member of the Marshall University Foundation Board and was a member and past chair of the West Virginia University Foundation Board.

 James H. “Buck” Harless of Gilbert, W.Va.  Former Joy Global President and CEO Michael W. Sutherlin
James Harless Michael Sutherlin

Joy Global elected Edward (Ted) L. Doheny II president CEO. Former President and CEO Michael W. Sutherlin, resigned and will retire on February 1. Doheny was previously elected to the company’s board of directors. Most recently, Doheny served as executive vice president and president and COO of the Underground Equipment division since 2006. The company also announced that Randal W. Baker has been elected COO. Baker will oversee both the Surface Mining Equipment and the Underground Mining Equipment divisions. Baker previously served as president and COO of the Surface Mining division since 2009.

After more than 50 years in the underground mining industry, the last 22 years of which at Cat vis-à-vis Bucyrus, DBT, MTA, etc., Harry Martin has retired. After holding a number of senior management positions at some of Europe’s most modern and efficient coal mines, he joined the Dowty Mining Machinery Co. in the United Kingdom before transferring to the United States division as general manager. Following a number of years as executive vice president of Dowty, he joined the Westfalia in a similar position in June 1991. He joined Mine Technik America, which was Deutsche Bergbau Technik (DBT), in 1995. He has been involved in directing sales and application design of many record-breaking longwall systems in many parts of the world including the U.S., Australia and China. He became a U.S. citizen in 1984 and after residing many years in Pittsburgh, Pa., he now lives in Daytona Beach, Fla.

 Randal W. Baker has been elected COO of Joy Global.  Harry Martin of Cat has retired.
Randal Baker Harry Martin

Timken appointed Scott C. Deemer account manager, Joy Global, for its U.S. original equipment business.

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu has joined the Board of Directors of Inventys Thermal Technologies, a company that has developed a breakthrough method for capturing CO2 from coal and natural gas power plants.