Alpha Natural Resources names Vining president

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) - 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

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