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Corporate Governance

Leadership Team

Jim Grech

President and Chief Executive Officer

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 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.

Marc Hathhorn

President – Australian Operations

Marc Hathhorn is President – Australian Operations for Peabody. He has executive responsibility for the company’s Australian operating platform, which includes leadership of health and safety; operations; product delivery; and support functions.
Mr. Hathhorn joined Peabody in 2011 and has more than two decades of extensive international mining, transportation infrastructure and engineering experience. He previously served as Group Executive – U.S. Operations, Group Executive for Eastern Operations, Group Executive for Operations Support Americas and Senior Vice President of Midwest Operations.

Before joining Peabody, Mr. Hathhorn served as Vice President of Mining Operations for Drummond Company's coal operations in Colombia, South America.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering from the University of Idaho's College of Mines.

Scott Jarboe

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary

Scott Jarboe is Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Peabody. He has executive responsibility for providing comprehensive legal counsel for Peabody’s business activities and leads the company’s global legal and compliance functions.
Mr. Jarboe joined Peabody in 2010 and has served in a variety of legal roles. He most recently led the Litigation, Disputes and Labor & Employment activities for the company. Prior to joining Peabody, Mr. Jarboe practiced law with Bryan Cave LLP and Husch Blackwell LLP.
Mr. Jarboe earned his Juris Doctor degree from Washington University, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Washington University Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts, with highest distinction from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Paul Richard

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Paul Richard is the Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Peabody. He has executive responsibility for Peabody’s global human resources and administrative functions to ensure the organization has the people, skills, capabilities and systems to successfully execute its mission and strategy in alignment with Peabody’s values. Mr. Richard drives the company’s human resources strategy, including talent acquisition, employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits, leadership and employee development, organizational effectiveness, global and domestic mobility and the hire-to-retire workstream in Peabody Business Services. He is also responsible for global travel, security and corporate office services.

Mr. Richard has more than 30 years of human resources experience and has been instrumental in leading his prior organizations to achieve Great Place to Work and Top Training Organization designations. He spent nearly 15 years as Vice President – Human Resources for Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. He also served as a human resources leader for 19 years at Ferro Corporation, a global supplier of technology-based manufacturing, including four years as Vice President – Human Resources. 

Mr. Richard has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and MBA from Louisiana Tech University. 

Mark Spurbeck

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mark Spurbeck is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Peabody. He oversees Finance, Treasury, Tax, Internal Audit, Financial Reporting, Financial Planning, Risk and Mine Finance, corporate accounting functions, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications.
Mr. Spurbeck joined Peabody in 2018, and most recently served as Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer. Prior to joining Peabody, he served as the Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer of Coeur Mining, where he led the accounting, finance and tax teams for five years. Previously, Mr. Spurbeck served at Newmont Mining for eight years in various finance and accounting roles, most recently as Group Executive, Assistant Controller. He began his career at Deloitte LLP.

Mr. Spurbeck holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Hillsdale College. He has completed the Executive Scholar program in Leadership at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant and recently served as Treasurer of the Silver Institute.

Kemal Williamson

President – U.S. Operations

Kemal Williamson is President – U.S. Operations for Peabody. He has executive responsibility for the company’s U.S. operating platform. He oversees the areas of health and safety; operations; product delivery; and support functions.

Mr. Williamson brings more than 30 years of experience in mining engineering and operations roles across North America and Australia. He most recently was Group Executive of Operations for Peabody Australia. He also has held executive leadership roles across a number of project development areas, as well as positions overseeing the company’s Western U.S., Powder River Basin and Midwest operations. He joined the company in 2000 as Director of Land Management. 

Prior to Peabody, he served two years at Cyprus Australia Coal Corporation as Director of Operations and managed coal operations in Australia for half a decade. He has mining engineering, financial analyst and management experience across Colorado, Kentucky and Illinois.  

Mr. Williamson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering from Pennsylvania State University as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. 

Darren Yeates

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Darren Yeates has over 35 years of mining industry experience.  He was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office in October 2020 (effective Nov. 1, 2020).  Mr. Yeates has served on Peabody’s board of directors since February 2020 and will continue to do so as a non-independent director.
Mr. Yeates recently served as COO of MACH Energy Australia, a developer and supplier of thermal coal to both the Australian domestic and Asian export markets.  He 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.

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.

Peabody is a leading coal producer, providing essential products to fuel baseload electricity for emerging and developed countries and create the steel needed to build foundational infrastructure. Our commitment to sustainability underpins our activities today and helps to shape our strategy for the future.