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Corporate Governance

Board of Directors


Board of Directors

Peabody’s Board of Directors

Front Row: Andrea Bertone, Joe Laymon, Bob Malone, Jim Grech, Samantha Algaze; Back Row: Stephen Gorman, Dave Miller, Nicholas Chirekos, Bill Champion. Not Pictured: M. Katherine Banks

 
Peabody is governed by an experienced and diverse board of directors. Our directors come from multiple global, tier-one mining, energy, utility, equipment, and capital markets companies, bringing strong and unique perspectives. The board has broad experience in a variety of areas including mining and related industries, end-user segments (energy/ steel), mergers and acquisitions, finance and accounting, human capital and organizational health, restructuring, global operations, health, safety and environmental affairs, governmental affair and administration, public policy, corporate governance, legal and regulatory affairs, board service, and executive management.

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.

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 Waste Connections, Amcor plc, and Drax Group plc, where she seves as Chair Designate.



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.

M. Katherine Banks

Independent Director
Former President, Texas A&M University

Appointed: October 2023

Experience
 
Dr. M. Katherine Banks has over 40 years of experience in engineering, technology, and academia. Dr. Banks served as President of Texas A&M University and Vice Chancellor of National Laboratories for the Texas A&M University System from June 2021 to July 2023. Prior to her appointment as President, she served as Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Engineering at Texas A&M University from January 2012 to June 2021. She has held numerous leadership positions in engineering schools, including serving as Department Head of Civil Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Banks is an Elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014.  Dr. Banks also currently serves as an independent director of Halliburton Company. 
 
Education
 
Dr. Banks holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in engineering from the University of North Carolina, and a doctoral degree in civil and environmental engineering from Duke University.
 

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.


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 J. 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. (Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, and Human Resources and Compensation Committee member) and TimkenSteel Corp. (Audit Committee), as well as the Executive Advisory Board at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. 

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 Aerom√©xico, 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.

Mr. Grech is a board member of America’s Power, the National Mining Association and Blue Danube Incorporated and is a member of the Coal Industry Advisory Board of the International Energy Agency.

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 and Teledyne Technologies Incorporated.

Education
Mr. Malone holds a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from The University of Texas at El Paso and was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a Master of Science in Management.

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.

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