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Peabody Energy Announces New Leadership Appointments In Americas And Australia Business Units

Peabody Energy Announces New Leadership Appointments In Americas And Australia
                                Business Units

PR Newswire

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 23, 2012

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Peabody Energy (NYSE: BTU) Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer Gregory H. Boyce today announced leadership
changes within the business units to further strengthen Peabody's global
operating platform. The company has named Eric Ford as Chairman of Peabody's
Australia Business Unit, Charles F. Meintjes as President – Australia and
Kemal Williamson as President – Americas. All changes are effective Nov. 15,
2012.

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"We will continue to rely on Eric for his deep operational expertise as he
oversees all strategic aspects of the Australia platform," said Boyce.
"Charles and Kemal each bring extensive senior operating experience across the
world's mining regions, and we look forward to their leadership advancing
mining and commercial operations and cost control across Australia and the
Americas."

In his new role, Ford will oversee strategic direction, operational and
commercial strategy and performance, and external stakeholder interaction.
Ford previously served as President – Australia.

In their new roles, Meintjes and Williamson each will lead business unit teams
that manage all aspects of the Australia and Americas operating platforms with
responsibility for health and safety, operations, sales and marketing, product
delivery and support functions. Meintjes has extensive operational, strategy,
continuous improvement and information technology experience with mining
companies on three continents. He joined Peabody in 2007, and most recently
served as Acting President – Americas and Group Executive of Operations for
the Midwest and Colorado. Williamson brings more than 30 years experience in
mining engineering and operations roles across North America and Australia. He
joined Peabody in 2000, and most recently was Group Executive Operations for
the company's Peabody Energy Australia operations.

The company also announced the following appointments:

  oGeorge J. Schuller has been named Group Executive of Operations for
    Peabody Energy Australia, replacing Williamson. Most recently, Schuller
    served as Group Executive Operations for the Powder River Basin and
    Southwest in the Americas business unit. Schuller has more than a quarter
    century of operational experience with Peabody subsidiaries in both the
    United States and Australia.
  oReplacing Schuller is D.L. Lobb, who has been named Group Executive of
    Operations for the Americas. Lobb previously served in the role of Group
    Executive – Operational Support within the business unit. He has more
    than a quarter century of mining experience and has been with Peabody for
    seven years, including previous responsibilities as Group Executive –
    Powder River Basin Operations.

Peabody Energy is the world's largest private-sector coal company and a global
leader in sustainable mining and clean coal solutions. The company serves
metallurgical and thermal coal customers in more than 25 countries on six
continents. For further information, go to PeabodyEnergy.com and
CoalCanDoThat.com.

CONTACT:
Vic Svec
(314) 342-7768

SOURCE Peabody Energy

Website: http://www.peabodyenergy.com
 
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