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Arch promotes Metzroth, Blumenfeld

PRODUCER Arch Coal has strengthened its Asian business development and strategic oversight with the appointments of new Arch Coal Asia-Pacific vice president of business development and market intelligence Lawrence Metzroth and new vice president of analysis and strategy Andrew Blumenfeld.

Donna Schmidt
Arch promotes Metzroth, Blumenfeld

Metzroth, who previously had served in Blumenfeld’s new seat, will assist with oversight of the company’s Asia-Pacific business and market development activities, including coal sourcing initiatives, market and acquisition analysis and strategic planning. 

Reporting to Arch Coal Asia-Pacific president Renato Paladino, Metzroth will relocate to Singapore for the position.

Blumenfeld, who will replace Metzroth as Arch’s vice president of analysis and strategy at the producer’s headquarters office in St Louis, Missouri, will provide Arch with domestic and international energy market intelligence and analysis. 

He will report to senior vice president of strategic development Henry Besten.

“Larry has a deep understanding of world energy and steel markets, a well-established global intelligence network and great technical expertise,” Paladino said. 

“We expect him to play a key leadership role in our ongoing efforts to expand Arch's participation in the high-growth Asia-Pacific markets.”

As for Blumenfeld, Besten said Arch will be looking to him to identify and take advantage of new market opportunities in the met and thermal coal markets worldwide.

“Andy is widely regarded as one of the coal industry's foremost market analysts,” Besten added. 

Both individuals have had lengthy careers in energy and market research, respectively; Metzroth joined Arch Coal in 2006 as vice president of analysis and strategy and has a 25-year background in energy strategic analysis.

Blumenfeld initially joined Arch Coal predecessor Arch Mineral Corporation in 1986, leaving nine years later to be a senior coal consultant for Resource Data International. He returned to Arch in 1997 as vice president of market research for Arch Coal Sales. 

Arch, among the world’s top five coal producers and marketers, sold 155 million tons in 2011 and currently holds more than 20 active mining complexes in every major US coal supply basin. 

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