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Coal producer Peabody names new chief operating officer

Coal producer Peabody names new chief operating officer

Peabody Energy Corp., one of the world's largest coal producers, said Thursday it has tapped the chief of mining giant Anglo American PLC's Australia operations as its chief operating officer.
St. Louis-based Peabody _ provider of fuel for roughly 10 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S. and 3 percent of the world's power _ said Eric Ford will join the company early next year and oversee Peabody's global mining operations. He also will be responsible for matters involving safety, operations improvement, engineering, and the environment and geology.
Ford will report to Gregory Boyce, Peabody's president and chief executive. Company officials did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.
Peabody said in a news release that Ford has 35 years of international management, operating and engineering experience, having served since 2001 as chief executive of Anglo Coal Australia Pty Ltd., part of Anglo American's Anglo Coal unit. Ford joined Anglo Coal in 1971.
With Peabody, Ford is likely to have a role in the company's efforts to build a $2.5 billion (euro1.9 billion), 1,600-megawatt power plant southeast of St. Louis near Lively Grove, Illinois _ a project Illinois officials hope will rekindle that state's flagging coal industry.
Ford has a master's degree in management science from London's Imperial College and a bachelor's degree in mining engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He is deputy chairman and a member of the executive committee of the International Energy Agency's Coal Industry Advisory Board, as well as vice chairman and director of the Minerals Council of Australia.
Ford's appointment marks the latest upper-level management addition at Peabody, which last week hired a new director of planning analysis and performance assessment and a new chief procurement officer.
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Updated : 2021-03-01 16:01 GMT+08:00