Arch Coal (NYSE: ACI) said April 23 that Deck Slone has been elected senior vice president, strategy and public policy, effective June 1.
He will report to John Eaves, Arch president and incoming CEO. “Deck has been a key member of Arch’s senior management team for many years, and we expect him to play an even more pivotal role in Arch’s future growth and success in this new capacity,” Eaves said. “Deck is an accomplished strategic thinker with an exceptional understanding of global coal markets, and we will be relying heavily on his leadership and expertise as we chart our course for the future.”
In this new role, Slone will have responsibility for strategy formation, planning and energy market analysis. He will continue to have senior responsibility for the organization’s government and public affairs functions as well. Since 2008, Slone has been Arch’s corporate vice president of government, investor and public affairs and as a member of Arch’s senior officer team. He was elected a corporate officer in 2001, and was vice president of investor relations and public affairs from 2001 to 2008. He joined Arch Coal in 1997 after starting his career at Ashland Inc. in 1987.
Arch also announced that Jennifer Beatty has been promoted to vice president, investor relations. She will report to John Drexler, Arch’s senior vice president and CFO. Beatty will lead Arch’s financial communications and messaging efforts; oversee outreach to the sell-side analyst, equity and fixed-income investment community; and manage the company’s shareholder analysis and targeting programs. Beatty joined Arch in 2005 and has served as the corporation’s director of investor relations since 2007.
St. Louis-based Arch Coal is a top five global coal producer and marketer, with 155 million tons of coal sold in 2011. Arch is the most diversified American coal company, with more than 20 active mining complexes across every major U.S. coal supply basin. Some of that diversification, including a first-time presence in Northern Appalachia, was achieved with the June 2011 takeover of West Virginia-based International Coal Group.