Arch strengthens relations

ARCH Coal has named West Virginia resources and business relations veteran Russ Lorince as vice-president of external affairs for the eastern region.

Justin Niessner

Lorince will help lead Arch’s state government affairs, community relations and regional communications. He will be based in Morgantown, West Virginia, and report to Deck Slone, senior vice-president of strategy and public policy.

“We are very pleased to have Russ join the Arch team,” said Slone.

“With his strong ties to West Virginia and the region, his extensive energy background, and his exceptional communications skills, Russ will be a great asset and a great company representative.”

In nominating Lorince, Arch cited his experience in a variety of managerial positions in economic development, corporate affairs and government relations involving activity in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Prior to joining Arch, Lorince served as director of economic development at West Virginia University, a role he assumed in December 2002. Before joining WVU, he worked with Allegheny Energy for 25 years, ending with the position of director of state affairs.

Lorince currently chairs TechConnect WV and serves on the boards of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Vision Shared Inc., the Monongalia County Development Authority, the Morgantown Area Economic Partnership and Mylan Park.

He previously served as president of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and the West Virginia Economic Development Council.

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