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Patriot Coal appoints new President and CEO

World Coal,

Patriot Coal Corp.’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Robert W. Bennett as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), following the resignation of Bennett K. Hatfield.

Mr Bennett has held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Patriot Coal since 2009. He previously served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Trading and was responsible for Patriot Coal’s thermal coal sales. He has over 28 years of experience in coal sales, marketing and trading, and has held senior positions at Patriot Coal, Magnum Coal, Peabody Energy, and AGIP Coal. 

Chairman of the Board, Eugene Davis, said: "Bob Bennett has a strong leadership background in all facets of the coal industry, including operations, marketing and sales, and the Board has full confidence in his ability to lead Patriot going forward […] I know I speak for the Board and the senior management team in thanking Ben for his many contributions, commitment and service to Patriot.  We wish him well in his future endeavours."

Edited from press release by Katie Woodward

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