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SunCoke Energy announces leadership changes


From Illinois Business Journal news services

LISLE, Ill. — SunCoke Energy, Inc. and SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P., which have strong ties to the steelmaking process in Granite City, announced leadership changes that they say are designed to streamline management and drive greater effectiveness across the organization.

Michael J. Thomson, president and chief operating officer, is leaving the company and stepping down from the SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. board to pursue other interests. As a result, SunCoke will flatten its organization and expand the roles of key members of the company’s existing leadership team, with Chief Executive Officer Fritz Henderson, Senior Vice President Mike Hardesty, and Chief Financial Officer Fay West all assuming additional responsibilities. In addition, Mike Hardesty has been appointed to the board of directors of SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P.

Barry Elswick, vice president, Coke Operations, is also leaving the company to pursue other interests. Mike Hardesty will assume responsibility for the international coke business and Dovie Majors, director of Performance Improvement and interim general manager at Indiana Harbor, is being promoted to the role of vice president, Domestic Coke Operations.

“We have a strong team at SunCoke that remains focused on driving operations excellence and is ready to embrace these important new roles,” said Fritz Henderson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “I want to thank Mike Thomson and Barry Elswick for their many contributions to SunCoke.”

SunCoke Energy supplies coke to U.S. Steel’s Granite City Works under a long-term contract, as well as to other customers.

Its cokemaking facilities are located in Granite City and in Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, Brazil and India. In addition, it owns approximately 110 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves in Virginia and West Virginia.

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