Nina Henderson Joins Walter Energy's Board

Nina Henderson Joins Walter Energy's Board 
BIRMINGHAM, AL -- (Marketwire) -- 02/19/13 --  Walter Energy (NYSE:
WLT) (TSX: WLT), the world's leading, publicly traded "pure-play"
producer of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry,
announced the election of Mary R. "Nina" Henderson to the Board as an
independent director, effective today.  
"We look forward to the new perspective Nina will bring to Walter
Energy," said Michael T. Tokarz, Non-Executive Chairman of Walter
Energy. "Nina has over three decades of global management experience,
in addition to significant leadership and governance expertise gained
from serving on the boards of numerous world-class public companies.
Walter Energy will benefit greatly from her contributions as we
continue to execute our strategy for the benefit of our shareholders,
customers, and other key stakeholders." 
Ms. Henderson is the managing partner of Henderson Advisory, a
consulting practice providing marketing perspective and business
evaluation to investment management firms on the consumer products
and food industries.  
Prior to founding Henderson Advisory in 2001, she was corporate vice
president of Bestfoods and president of Bestfoods Grocery. During her
30-year career with Bestfoods, and its predecessor company CPC
International, Ms. Henderson held various international and North
American general management and executive marketing positions. 
Ms. Henderson currently serves as a director of CNO Financial Group.
She has served on numerous corporate boards, including Royal Dutch
Shell PLC, The Shell Transport and Trading Company, Del Monte Foods
Company, The Equitable Companies, AXA Financial, Pactiv Corporation,
and the Hunt Corporation.  
Ms. Henderson currently is a director of the Visiting Nurse Service
of New York and the Foreign Policy Association, and is a trustee of
Drexel University and the Drexel College of Medicine. She holds a
Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University.  
Walter Energy is the world's leading, publicly traded "pure-play"
metallurgical coal producer for global industry with strategic access
to high-growth steel markets in Asia, South America and Europe. The
Company also produces thermal coal, anthracite, metallurgical coke
and coal bed methane gas. Walter Energy employs approximately 4,100
employees and contractors with operations in the United States,
Canada and United Kingdom.  
Paul Blalock 
Vice President, Investor Relations 
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