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Contura reports Board and leadership changes

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On 13 August, Contura Energy, Inc., a leading US coal supplier, announced a number of changes to both its board of directors and senior management.

On Monday 12 August, the company's Board of Directors took action to reconfigure the board's composition, reducing its size to five members, including one vacancy, while reserving the ability to increase the board's size and appoint one or more additional board members in the future.  

In order to assist with the board's reconfiguration, Anthony Orlando, Harvey L. Tepner, Michael Ward, and previous board chair Neale X. Trangucci, have each voluntarily resigned from the board, effective Monday 12 August. None of their resignations was the result of any disagreement with Contura on any matter relating to the company's operations, policies or practices.

Subsequently, Contura's remaining board members, David J. Stetson, who is Contura's CEO, Albert E. Ferrara, Jr., Daniel J. Geiger, and John E. Lushefski, unanimously elected Stetson as Chairman of the Board and Lushefski as lead independent director, each effective Monday 12 August. The board has asked that the company's Nominating and Corporate Governance committee identify and review potential, qualified candidates to join the board in the near term. 

"These changes to our board structure and membership begin an effort to better align our board's size, industry experience, and market expertise with the company's strategic focus going forward," said Chairman and CEO, David Stetson.

"I thank our departing board members for the significant contributions each made during their service on behalf of our diverse stakeholders."

The company also announced today two changes to its executive management team.


Effective Wednesday 14 August, Contura's current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Scott Kreutzer, will transition to a newly created position of Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, Kreutzer will lead the strategic planning and development efforts for the company and continue to serve on Contura's management team. Kreutzer has served in his current role at Contura since January 2018, having previously served in various other senior leadership roles at Contura and its predecessor company, Alpha Natural Resources, since 2011.

Joining Contura's management team as the company's new executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer, effective Wednesday 14 August, will be Jason Whitehead, former Chief Operating Officer at Alpha Natural Resources. Whitehead brings nearly twenty years of Central Appalachian (CAPP) and Northern Appalachian (NAPP) coal mining experience to the role, more than a decade of which he served in senior operational management positions within the industry.

Both positions will report directly to Contura's CEO, David Stetson.

"Scott's skillset and strong business acumen are perfect for this new role to help bolster Contura's readiness in identifying and capitalising on strategic opportunities to best position ourselves within both domestic and international coal markets," said Stetson.

"Additionally, Jason's depth of coal mining experience, particularly with many of Contura's existing high value met operations, will be a great addition to an already top-notch management team and a true asset to the organisation."

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