Westmoreland Coal names Schadan for Canadian operations

Westmoreland Coal (NasdaqGM: WLB) said March 13 that John Schadan has been promoted from Executive Vice President to President–Canada Operations.

Schadan will continue to report to Keith Alessi, Westmoreland’s Chief Executive Officer. Alessi held the dual role of Interim President–Canada Operations and Chief Executive Officer since April 2014 when Westmoreland initially acquired the Canadian operations from Sherritt International. That deal made Westmoreland’s largest producer of steam coal for power generation.

“John has done an outstanding job of transitioning our Canadian assets onto the Westmoreland platform,” said Alessi. “He is richly deserving of this promotion and I look forward to continued success for our Canadian operations.”

Westmoreland Coal is the oldest independent coal company in the U.S. Westmoreland’s coal operations include sub-bituminous and lignite surface coal mining in the Western United States and Canada, a newly-acquired underground bituminous coal mine in Ohio, a char production facility in western Canada, and a 50% interest in an activated carbon plant. Westmoreland also owns the general partner of and a majority interest in Westmoreland Resource Partners LP, formerly Oxford Resource Partners LP, a publicly-traded coal master limited partnership with six surface mining complexes. Westmoreland’s power operations include ownership of the two-unit ROVA coal-fired power plant in North Carolina.

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