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Coal producer Bowie hires new CEO

World Coal,

Bowie Resource Partners (Bowie) has announced that it has hired Manie H. Dreyer as its new CEO.

Ex-BHP Billiton president

Dryer comes to the Louisville-based coal production company from BHP Billiton, where he serves as president of Energy Coal South Africa since 2009. This BHP Billiton mining operation is based in Johannesburg and produces 35 million mt of thermal coal per year, 15 million mt of which are exported to Asian and European customers.

Dreyer’s roles within BHP Billiton prior to 2009 included various operational, business development and marketing roles in South Africa, South East Asia, South America and the US.

Global coal industry

Retiring Bowie CEO, John Siegel, commented: "We conducted a six month, international search to find that special leader who not only possesses the requisite commercial and operational skill sets, but who also shares our vision of the future of, and our unique position in, the rapidly changing global coal industry.

“After having considered over fifty highly qualified candidates from all over the world, we feel blessed and excited to pass the baton of leadership to Manie at this critical juncture in our company's evolution.

Expand business

"Manie's 21 years of experience with BHP Billiton, across all aspects of their global coal activities, will hold him in good stead as he works to solidify and expand our domestic base business, and to, together with our partners, Galena Asset Management and the Trafigura Group, aggressively grow our Western Bit export footprint."

Bowie is the largest producer of western bituminous coal in the US and is the only producer with western US export terminal capacity.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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