Kellow named as president and CEO at coal producer Peabody Energy

Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU), the largest U.S. coal producer, announced May 4 that Glenn Kellow has been elected as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Kellow joined Peabody as President and Chief Operating Officer in September 2013, and was named CEO-Elect and added to the board of directors in January 2015. He succeeds Gregory H. Boyce, who remains as Executive Chairman. “The board enthusiastically welcomes Glenn to the office of President and Chief Executive Officer,” said Boyce. “We are confident that his experience, skills, values and vision will help shape a stronger company now and in the many years ahead.”

“Today, we begin an important new phase in our previously announced succession process,” said Peabody Energy Lead Independent Director Bob A. Malone.  “On behalf of the board of directors, we thank Greg for his exceptional leadership during an extraordinary decade of both growth and challenge in the global coal industry. We look forward to his continued counsel as Executive Chairman.”

At the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Kellow acknowledged that the industry was at a difficult part of the cycle with multiple “headwinds,” but also noted that global coal demand growth was expected to continue for decades to come and the company would take the steps necessary to succeed in all market conditions. Peabody is the top U.S. coal producer and a major supplier of metallurgical coal to the Asian markets out of mines in Australia.

“It is an honor to lead Peabody Energy, where underlying strength comes from its people, its assets, and the vital role that its products provide to serve the world’s energy and steel markets,” Kellow said. “While this is a challenging time, we have identified four areas of emphasis – operational, selling and administrative, financial and portfolio – to strengthen our company. These areas of emphasis, along with our exposure to key markets, provide Peabody multiple avenues for success.”

Since joining Peabody in 2013, Kellow has led an operational team that has significantly improved safety, productivity and costs, while achieving a host of other corporate accomplishments. Kellow has worked across a broad range of commodities spanning three decades. Prior to joining Peabody, he held multiple leadership posts on three continents over a 28-year career with international miner BHP Billiton. He has held a number of executive, operating and financial positions in the coal, copper, base metals, steel and petroleum sectors in the United States, Australia and Chile.

Peabody Energy on May 4 also announced that all 12 members of its board of directors were elected at the company’s annual meeting of shareholders. The directors include:

  • Gregory H. Boyce, Executive Chairman, Peabody Energy
  • Glenn L. Kellow, President and Chief Executive Officer, Peabody Energy
  • Robert A. Malone, Lead Independent Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, First Sonora Bancshares
  • William A. Coley, former Chief Executive Officer, British Energy Group plc
  • William E. James, Managing General Partner, RockPort Capital Partners LLC
  • Robert B. Karn III, former Managing Partner, Arthur Andersen LLP
  • Henry E. Lentz, former Managing Director, Lazard Freres & Co. LLC
  • William C. Rusnack, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Premcor Inc.
  • Michael W. Sutherlin, former President and Chief Executive Officer, Joy Global Inc.
  • John F. Turner, former Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
  • Sandra A. Van Trease, Group President, BJC Healthcare
  • Heather A. Wilson, President, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

“Our board as a whole, and each of our individual directors, brings an experience and skill set that provide excellent counsel and governance as we manage through current markets and create long-term shareholder value,” said Boyce.

St. Louis-based Peabody Energy is the world’s largest private-sector coal company and a global leader in sustainable mining, energy access and clean coal solutions. The company serves metallurgical and thermal coal customers in more than 25 countries on six continents.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.