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 officer.
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 Eaves.
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 officer.
"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.