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Corporate Governance

Board of Directors


Andrea Bertone

Independent Director
Former President, Duke Energy International

Appointed: February 2019

Experience

Andrea Bertone is the former President of Duke Energy International. She spent 15 years at Duke Energy, including seven years as President of Duke Energy International with executive responsibility for coal, gas and hydro assets across a number of countries. Prior to her time at Duke Energy, Ms. Bertone was Latin America counsel with Baker & McKenzie. She began her career as an attorney in Sao Paulo, Brazil, including an in-house corporate attorney for TAM Airlines. Other directorships include Yamana Gold, a Canadian listed gold producer, DMC Global Inc. and Amcor plc.



Education

Ms. Bertone earned a Bachelor of Law from the University of Sao Paulo Law School in Brazil and a Master of Law in International and Comparative Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Samantha Algaze

Independent Director 
Portfolio Manager at Elliott Management Corporation

Appointed: February 2020

Experience

Samantha Algaze is a Portfolio Manager at Elliott Management Corporation where she works on investments spanning multiple industries. She joined Elliott in 2013 after working at H.I.G. Capital in the Private Equity division. Prior to that, she was an analyst in Deutsche Bank's Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging & Leisure Investment Banking Group. Ms. Algaze is also currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Managers of Claire's Holdings LLC.

Education

Ms. Algaze received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

Bill Champion

Independent Director
Former Principal at Gladiator Mining Group LLC 

Appointed: July 2020

Experience

Bill Champion served as Principal of Gladiator Mining Group LLC from 2014 to 2017, where he pursued global investment opportunities across a wide range of mineral and metal commodities. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at Rio Tinto PLC, in a number of executive management roles for the company, including as Managing Director of Rio Tinto’s former Australian coal assets, as well as diamond and copper segments.

Mr. Champion is also currently an independent director of Buenaventura Mining Co. Inc., Peru’s largest, publicly traded precious metals company, and of PJSC Polyus Gold, a Russian gold mining company.


Education
Mr. Champion earned a pair of Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biological Sciences from the University of Arizona. He also attended the W.P. Carey School of Business Executive MBA Program at Arizona State University.
 

Nicholas Chirekos

Independent Director
Former North America Head of Mining, J.P. Morgan

Appointed: April 2017

Experience

Nicholas Chirekos served in various investment banking roles at J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. from 1987 until his retirement in 2016. He was most recently the Managing Director, North America Head of Mining from 2002 to 2016. Prior to that, he served as the Global Head of Mining and Metals. Mr. Chirekos serves on the Board of Directors for New Gold Inc., as well as the Reiman School of Finance Advisory Board at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business. He previously served on the Board of Directors of The Mineral Information Institute.

Education

Mr. Chirekos earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Denver and a Master of Business Administration from New York University.

Stephen Gorman

Independent Director
Former CEO of Air Methods Corporation

Appointed: April 2017

Experience

Stephen Gorman is the former Chief Executive Officer of Air Methods Corporation. Previously, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Borden Dairy Company from 2014 until his retirement in July 2017. Prior to joining Borden Dairy, he was with Delta Air Lines, Inc. from 2007 to 2014, where he was the Chief Operating Officer. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Gorman served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Greyhound Lines, Inc. Mr. Gorman was also the Executive Vice President, Operations Support and President, North America for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. from 2001 to 2003. Other directorships include ArcBest Corporation, Grupo Aeroméxico, S. A. B. de C. V. and Bradley University. 

Education

Mr. Gorman earned a Bachelor of Science from Eureka College and a Master of Business Administration from Bradley University.

Jim Grech

President and Chief Executive Officer, Peabody 

Appointed: June 2021

Experience

James (Jim) Grech has over thirty years of experience in the coal and natural resources industry. He joined the company in June 2021 as President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the company’s board of directors and the Executive Committee of the board.

Mr. Grech has substantial operational, commercial and financial experience in mining and other energy business operations, as well as extensive experience in utilities and capital markets.

Mr. Grech has held executive leadership roles throughout his career, most recently he served as Chief Executive Officer of Wolverine Fuels from 2018 to 2021.  Other positions held include President of Nexus Gas Transmission, Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of Consol Energy and Vice President at DTE Energy.

Education

Mr. Grech holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University. He also completed the executive development program of the Wharton Business School.
 

Joe Laymon

Independent Director
Former Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Services for Chevron Corporation
Former Group VP for Ford Motor Company

Appointed: April 2017

Experience

Joe Laymon served Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services for Chevron Corporation from 2008 until his retirement in 2017. Prior to joining Chevron, Mr. Laymon worked at Ford Motor Company from 2000 to 2008, where he was the Vice President, Human Resources and later the Group Vice President, Corporate Human Resources and Labor Affairs. He also served as the Vice President, Human Resources, U.S. and Canada Region for Eastman Kodak Company from 1996 to 2000. Other directorships include Clark Atlanta University, BoardRoomIQ.com, United Way of the Bay Area and Clearwater Paper Corporation.

Education

Mr. Laymon earned a Bachelor of Science from Jackson State University and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Bob Malone

Non-Executive Chairman
Executive Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, First Sonora Bancshares, Inc. (a privately-held bank holding company)

Experience

Bob Malone currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Peabody Energy Corporation, a position he was appointed to in 2017 following the Company’s emergence from bankruptcy. He joined the pre-bankruptcy board in July 2009.

He was elected Executive Chairman, President and CEO of First Sonora Bancshares, Inc., a privately-held bank holding company, in 2014. He also serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the First National Bank of Sonora, Texas (dba Sonora Bank), a community bank owned by First Sonora Bancshares, Inc., a position he has held since 2014. He joined First Sonora Bancshares and Sonora Bank in October 2009 as President and Chief Executive Officer. He is a retired Executive Vice President of BP plc and the retired Chairman of the Board and President of BP America Inc., at the time the largest producer of oil and natural gas and the second largest gasoline retailer in the United States. He served in that position from 2006 to 2009. Other directorships include Halliburton Company, BP Midstream Partners GP LLC and Teledyne Technologies Incorporated.

Education

Mr. Malone holds a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Science in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dave Miller

Independent Director 
Equity Partner, Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of U.S. Restructuring for Elliott Management

Appointed: February 2020

Experience

Dave Miller is Equity Partner, Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of U.S. Restructuring for Elliott Management, and a member of the Management Committee. Mr. Miller joined Elliott in 2003 after working in M&A and financing advisory roles at Peter J. Solomon Company. Mr. Miller is also currently a director of Acosta, a leading full-service sales and marketing agency; the Brazilian American Automotive Group, Inc., one of the largest automotive dealership groups in Latin America; and Arconic, a company specializing in lightweight metals engineering and manufacturing. 

Education

Mr. Miller received a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University.

Michael Sutherlin

Independent Director
Former President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Joy Global Inc.

Appointed: January 2014

Experience

Michael Sutherlin currently serves on the Peabody Board of Directors.  Mr. Sutherlin served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy Global Inc., a mining equipment and services provider from 2006 to 2013. From 2003 to 2006, he served as Executive Vice President of Joy Global Inc. and as President and Chief Operating Officer of its subsidiary, Joy Mining Machinery. Prior to joining Joy Global Inc., Mr. Sutherlin served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Varco International, Inc.

Education

Mr. Sutherlin holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Texas at Austin and Bachelor of Business Administration in Industrial Management from Texas Tech University.

Darren Yeates

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Peabody

Appointed: February 2020

Experience

Darren has been a member of Peabody’s board of directors since February 2020 and was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in November 2020.  Mr. Yeates will remain on the board as a non-independent director.  He has over 35 years of mining industry experience, recently serving as COO of MACH Energy Australia, a developer and supplier of thermal coal to both the Australian domestic and Asian export markets.  Mr. Yeates was previously CEO of GVK Hancock Coal, and prior to that, spent over 22 years with Rio Tinto in multiple positions, including Acting Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for Coal Australia.  He is a former director of Emeco Holdings Limited, an Australian mining services company, and a former director of Stanmore Coal Limited.  In addition, Darren has recently served as CEO of WorkPac Group. 

Education

Mr. Yeates has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of Central Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. He has an Executive MBA from the Monash Mt Eliza Business School and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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