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Sporton leaves WCA; organisation embarks on new leadership transition

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The World Coal Association has announced that it is embarking on a leadership transition as CEO Benjamin Sporton leaves the organisation in September 2018. Sporton will become the head of the Global Cement and Concrete Association.

WCA Communications and Strategy Director Katie Warrick will serve as Interim CEO during the transition period. Warrick is highly regarded by its members and stakeholders, having been a long-standing leader within the WCA team and shaping the organisation’s policies and strategic direction.

About the transition, Sporton said: “Working at the WCA has been a privilege. I am proud to have served this important organisation and to have played a part in demonstrating the vital role of low emission coal technologies in meeting the world’s development and environmental objectives.”

Sporton has been instrumental in establishing a strong media profile for WCA and has been a strategic asset during the growth of the organisation, championing the need for low emission coal technologies.

WCA Chairman Glenn Kellow welcomed Warrick to the new role and thanked Sporton for his contribution, adding: “WCA is a strong and respected organisation today. Global coal conditions are as strong as they have been in many years, with both thermal and metallurgical coal in high demand led by Asian growth. On the environmental front, high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal-fuelled generating plants are being built around the world, while carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) continues to progress and has been recognised as essential to a lower carbon future. WCA looks forward to the next phase of industry leadership during these dynamic times.”

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