Kellow named as President, COO at Peabody Energy

Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU), the nation’s largest coal producer, said Aug. 21 that veteran mining executive Glenn Kellow has been named to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer.

He will report to Chairman and CEO Gregory Boyce and serve as a member of Peabody’s executive leadership team.

“Glenn brings more than a quarter century of distinguished experience in the global resource industry, where he has served in multiple executive, operational and financial roles in coal and other commodities,” said Boyce. “Glenn’s international experience and track record of performance within the mining, energy and steel sectors will further differentiate Peabody within the global coal industry. He brings a record of significant accomplishment around the world and will be a tremendous addition to what is already the best team in the coal industry.” 

Kellow will have executive responsibility for all aspects of the company’s global operations including safety, production, sales/marketing, environmental, productivity improvement, engineering and planning. Reporting to Kellow will be President of the Americas Kemal Williamson, Chairman of Australia Eric Ford, President of Australia Charles Meintjes, President of Asia/Trading Chris Hagedorn and Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer Jeane Hull. Kellow will relocate from Perth, Australia, to Peabody’s global headquarters in St. Louis. 

Kellow has most recently served as President of the multinational Aluminum and Nickel business for BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company, where he directed companies responsible for $7bn in revenues with 16,000 employees and contractors. Kellow has held a number of executive, operating and financial positions in coal, base metals, steel and petroleum businesses. He has held multiple posts in the United States, Australia and South America. Kellow’s coal industry experience includes responsibilities as President and COO of New Mexico Coal where he directed underground and surface coal mines. 

He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Wharton Business School. He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Newcastle.

Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company, with mining operations in both the U.S. and Australia.

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