Management Team

Robert W. Bennett

Bob Bennett is Patriot Coal's President & Chief Executive Officer.

Previously, Bob served as Patriot's Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. He has over 28 years of experience in the coal sales, marketing and trading arena, including senior-level positions at Patriot Coal, Magnum Coal, Peabody Energy, and AGIP Coal.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Marshall University.


Michael D. Day

Mike Day is Patriot Coal’s Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer.

Previously, he served as Executive Vice President - Operations. Mike has over 25 years experience in the industry.  He has also served as Patriot's Senior Vice President – Engineering and W.V. Central Region & Kentucky Operations.  Prior to joining Patriot, he held a variety of management positions at Magnum Coal Company, Arch Coal, and James River Coal Company.

Mike is an executive board member of the Kentucky Coal Association and the University of Kentucky Mining Engineering Foundation.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering from the University of Kentucky and is a Registered Professional Engineer.


E. Kent Hartsog

Kent Hartsog is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Patriot Coal.

He has worked in the mining industry for nearly 30 years in a variety of financial positions, most recently as Vice President-Operations Support. He also has 6 years public accounting experience serving clients in the manufacturing, retail, and construction industries.

Kent has served as Chairman of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce for two years and is currently serving on their Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board for the WV Coal Association, as well as, on the Buckskin Council Executive Committee for the Boy Scouts of America.

Kent is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from West Virginia University.

Charles A. Ebetino, Jr.

Chuck Ebetino is Senior Vice President - Global Strategy & Corporate Development.

Chuck was Patriot's Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer previously and served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for Patriot Coal and as Senior Vice President of Business and Resource Development for Peabody Energy. He also served as Senior Vice President of Market Development for Peabody's sales and marketing subsidiary.

Chuck joined Peabody in 2003 after more than 25 years with American Electric Power Company, Inc. (AEP) where he served in a number of management roles in the fuel procurement and supply group, including Senior Vice President of fuel supply and President & Chief Operating Officer of AEP's coal mining and coal-related subsidiaries from 1993 until 2002.

Chuck is a past board member of the National Mining Association (NMA), former Chairman of the NMA Environmental Committee, a former Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Edison Electric Institute's Power Generation Subject Area Committee, a former Vice Chairman of the Inland Waterway Users Board, and a past board member and president of the Western Coal Transportation Association.

Chuck has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a minor in Economics. He also attended the New York University School of Business for graduate study in finance


Joseph W. Bean

Joe Bean is Patriot Coal's Senior Vice President - Law & Administration and General Counsel.

Previously, Joe served as Vice President & Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Peabody Energy. During his tenure at Peabody, Joe directed the company's legal and compliance activities related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate finance and securities matters.

Joe has more than 25 years of corporate law experience, including over 20 years as in-house legal counsel. Joe was counsel and assistant corporate secretary for The Quaker Oats Company prior to its acquisition by PepsiCo in 2001 and assistant general counsel for Pet Incorporated prior to its 1995 acquisition by Pillsbury. He also served as a corporate law associate with the law firms of Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago and Thompson & Mitchell in St. Louis.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law