Australian-based, U.S.-focused coal producer Allegiance Coal has tapped Jonathan Romcke as its chief executive officer and company director.
Romcke, who has 40 years of mining experience, will officially take his seat on or about April 28. He will relocate to the U.S. for the position.
He has spent much of his career working in underground coal in New South Wales, Australia, with BHP, Oakridge and Xstrata. He also had a leading role in the development of Xstrata’s iron ore business and ultimately becoming head of iron ore assets.
After working with Anglo Coal, he joined Stanmore Resources, where he was interim CEO for a period, and currently holds the position of general manager development.
Romcke is a graduate of the University of Wollongong and is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia, the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Mine Managers Association of Australia.
Chairman and CEO Mark Gray said it has always been a mission of Allegiance to appoint a mining industry professional to lead the company “through the post start-up phase of New Elk and the post ramp-up phase of Black Warrior” in the U.S. and into stability, growth and asset optimization.
“On Jon’s commencement with the company, I will relinquish that responsibility and remain chairman of Allegiance,” Gray confirmed.
Source: Allegiance Coal