Peabody Energy announced that Charles Meintjes has been named to the new position of E.V.P. – corporate services and chief commercial officer. George Schuller, Jr. succeeds Meintjes as Peabody Energy’s president – Australia. Both positions will report to president and C.E.O., Glenn Kellow, as part of a six-member executive leadership team. Meintjes will have executive responsibility for, among other things, sales and marketing, corporate development, information technology, technical services and coal generation and emissions technology.
Kellow, comments, “Charles is a skilled Peabody leader with extensive mining and management experience on three continents over multiple decades. This executive role is aimed at unlocking greater competitiveness through an emphasis on synergies from several dimensions. George is uniquely suited to serve as President of our Australia business unit given his knowledge of the platform and extensive expertise in all facets of operations.”
Meintjes joined Peabody in 2007. In addition to serving as president of Australian operations and acting president of the Americas, he has led technical functions, large re-engineering programs, information technology system implementations and large industrial construction projects. Meintjes holds dual Bachelor of Commerce degrees in accounting from Rand Afrikaans University and the University of South Africa. He is a Chartered Accountant in South Africa and completed the advanced management program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Schuller will have executive responsibility for Peabody’s Australia operating platform, which includes overseeing the areas of health and safety, operations, sales and marketing, product delivery and support functions. The Company does not intend to replace the Australian C.O.O. position. Schuller has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering – Mining from West Virginia University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Charleston.
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