Mechel names Williams to replace Lusk at West Virginia coal ops

Russia-based commodities producer Mechel OAO (NYSE: MTL) said March 7 that the new Chief Executive Officer at Mechel Bluestone is Stephen Williams, who is replacing Tom Lusk.

Mechel Bluestone runs the company’s metallurgical coal operations in the U.S., located primarily in southern West Virginia, that were bought a few years ago from coal operator Jim Justice.

Mechel Mining Management Co. CEO Boris Nikishichev commented: “Tom Lusk’s professionalism and excellent knowledge enabled us to successfully go through the transition period and overcome many difficulties. We are wholeheartedly grateful to him for his help and hard work. Stephen Douglas Williams has extensive experience and has proved himself to the market as a first-class specialist and skilled manager. Besides, he has worked at Mechel Bluestone since January as chief operating officer, which enabled him to delve deeply into the company’s business processes. We are sure that he will make Mechel Bluestone even more successful and efficient.”

Since January, Williams was COO at Mechel Bluestone. Before that, since August 2010 he was senior vice president and chief operating officer at Natural Resources International (Barclays Natural Resources). In 2009-2010, he was chief operating officer at INR Energy LLC. In 2008-2009, he was senior vice-president for mining at Cliffs North American Coal. In 2003-2007, he was vice-president and general manager at Pinnacle Mining Co. LLC, which is a Cliffs longwall mining operation in Wyoming County, W.Va. In 2002-2003, he was general manager for Asia/Pacific at CNX Australia.

Williams has the unusual background of having graduated from West Virginia University’s College of Mineral and Energy Resources with a bachelor’s degree in engineering of mines, and he also holds a doctorate of jurisprudence from West Virginia University’s College of Law.

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