PITTSBURGH Arch Coal Inc.
has promoted an executive to a top position and has renamed a
mine in honor of a recently retired chief executive
Paul A. Lang has been elected
executive vice president and chief operating officer of the St.
Louis-based coal producer after most recently serving as
executive vice president of operations.
Lang, who joined the company in
1984, will report to John W. Eaves, who stepped up to the role
of chief executive officer this month.
"Paul has a successful 28-year
track record of driving operational excellence at Arch Coal,"
Eaves said. "I can think of no better leader than Paul to
succeed me as chief operating officer." Lang will report to
Archs Tygart Valley No. 1
Mine is also being renamed as Leer Mine in recognition of the
leadership of Steven F. Leer, the St. Louis-based company said.
Leer serves as executive chairman of the companys board
of directors and spent two decades as chief executive
"We wanted to honor Steve for
two decades of exceptional service and leadership," James R.
Boyd, Archs lead director said. "We view the Leer Mine as
one of Archs most exciting new growth projects and an
integral part of our companys future."
The Leer Mine is being developed
in Taylor County, W.Va. It is expected to come online in
mid-2013 and will produce 3.5 million tons of high-quality
metallurgical coal annually.