West Virginia Coal Association elected these individuals to three-year terms on the board: Ralph Ballard (WWMV LLC), Gary Bennett (Arch Coal), Russell Bolyard (L&P Mineral), Pat Graney (Narcelle Logistics), Bobby Hypes (South Fork Coal), Greg Jessee (Met Resources), Tim McLean (Walker Machinery), Marty Petrunyak (Nelson Brothers) and Mike Zervos (United Energy). The following officers and executive committee members were also elected: Chairman of the Board Jimmy Brock (Consol Energy); First Vice Chairman Mike Carey (Murray Energy); Second Vice Chairman Jimmy Bunn II (Coal River Energy); Secretary Gary Bennett (Arch Coal); Treasurer Andrew Jordon (Pritchard Mining); Assistant Treasurer Ben Beakes (Alpha Natural Resources); Associate Division Chairman Tim McLean (Walker Machinery); members at large, Mike Day (Patriot Coal), Warren Hylton (Patience Coal), Kevin Craig (NRP); President Bill Raney; Senior Vice President Chris Hamilton; and Vice President Jason Bostic.
The World Coal Association (WCA) announced Dr. Fatih Birol as the new executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Prior to his appointment, he was chief economist and director of Global Energy Economics, overseeing the agency’s most prominent publication, the World Energy Outlook. The WCA also welcomed Milagros Miranda Rojas as its new policy director. Rojas joins the WCA after having spent most of her career as a diplomat for the Republic of Peru. Her most recent appointment was as minister-counselor at the Peruvian Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
Atrum Coal NL welcomed Bob Bell and John Wasik to the board of directors. Bell currently serves on the boards of the Western Canadian Shippers Coalition and the Western Canadian Coal Society. In 2007, he was appointed chief commercial officer of the coal business unit of Teck Resources. Wasik is currently a nonexecutive director of Cobbora Holding Co. and Kuro Coal Ltd.
The University of Applied Sciences, TFH Georg Agricola in Bochum, has a new member on its executive committee: Dr. Ulrich Paschedag is the new vice president of the faculty of geo-engineering, mining and technical business management. Paschedag is the successor of Dr. Christoph Dauber, who completed his second term of office had held the seat since 2009.
Columbia Steel is pleased to announce that current District Manager John Bergner has added dragline operations in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana to his customer base. Bergner has 17 years of experience representing dragline chain, rigging, and GET products, and more than three decades as a Columbia district manager.
Joy Global announced that Randal W. Baker, executive vice president and COO, will leave the company. Baker previously served as president of Joy Global Surface Mining Inc. from November 2009 until his appointment as COO in December 2013.
Sandvik announced that Olof Faxander, president and CEO, has left the company. Björn Rosengren, currently president and CEO of Wärtsilä Corp., will succeed Faxander. Faxander has been the president and CEO of Sandvik since 2011.
Strata Worldwide has named Julian Ford, formerly executive vice president for proximity detection and collision avoidance, as president and general manager of Strata’s South African operations.