Management Team

Bennett K. Hatfield

Ben Hatfield is Patriot Coal's President and Chief Executive Officer.

Most recently, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Patriot Coal. Previously, Ben was President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of International Coal Group, prior to the June 2011 sale of that company. He has held a number of other key executive operating and commercial positions during his 30-plus years in the coal industry, including President, Eastern Operations of Arch Coal, Inc., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Massey Energy Company, and Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer of Coastal Coal Company.

Ben is a board member of the West Virginia Coal Association and the National Mining Association.

Ben is a Licensed Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Michael D. Day

Mike Day is Patriot Coal’s Executive Vice President – Operations.

Mike was appointed to this position effective February 1, 2013. He most recently served as Patriot’s Senior Vice President – Engineering and W.V. Central Region & Kentucky Operations from August 2011 through January 2013. Previously, Mike held the positions of Vice President – Operations and Vice President – Surface Operations. Prior to joining Patriot, he served in a variety of management positions at Magnum Coal Company, Arch Coal, Inc. 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.


John E. Lushefski

Jack Lushefski is Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for Patriot Coal.

Jack served on Patriot’s Board of Directors from October 2007 through September 2012 and chaired the Board’s Finance Committee.

Previously, Jack was a senior consultant providing strategic, business development and financial advice to public and private companies. He has substantial business and coal industry experience, including serving as Chief Financial Officer of Millennium Chemicals, Inc., Hanson Industries, Inc. and Peabody Holding Company. Additionally, Jack has served as a director of Suburban Propane, LP and Smith Corona Corporation.

Jack is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.

Charles A. Ebetino, Jr.

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

Most recently, Chuck was Patriot's Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Chuck 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. He also attended the New York University School of Business for graduate study in finance


Robert W. Bennett

Bob Bennett is Patriot Coal's Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer.

Previously, Bob served as Patriot's Senior Vice President of Sales and Trading and was responsible for Patriot's thermal coal sales. Bob has over 24 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..

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