PITTSBURGH Alpha Natural
Resources Inc. president Kurt Kost plans to retire at the end
of May, the company said, noting that he will be replaced by
Vining will continue in his
current role as chief commercial officer of the Bristol,
Va.-based metallurgical coal miner, and will oversee sales and
marketing, as well as mining operations. He will report to
chief executive officer Kevin Crutchfield.
"Paul brings vast leadership experience in the global coal
industry to this newly expanded role, and I firmly believe that
combining our mining operations with our sales and marketing
efforts at this time will create the most effective business
model for Alpha and provide new opportunities for growth and
synergy," Crutchfield said in a statement.