Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources says it has appointed Paul Vining as the company's president. He takes over for the retiring Kurt Kost.
The Bristol, Va.-based company said Wednesday that Vining will be responsible for Alpha's mining operations and will continue as its chief commercial officer. He joined Alpha last year.
Kost will leave the company in May after 31 years of service. He will be an adviser to Vining following his retirement.
CEO Kevin Crutchfield said in a statement that combining the company's mining operations with its sales and marketing efforts will create the most effective business model for Alpha.
Alpha Natural Resources Inc. has more than 180 mines and processing plants in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. It employs about 14,000 people through its affiliates.