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Peabody’s president and COO to speak at 169th commencement
Release Date Tuesday, April 22, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (April 22, 2014) – Glenn Kellow, president and chief operating officer of Peabody Energy, will deliver the address at the 169th commencement ceremony of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. Nearly 300 Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science and Associate of Arts degrees will be awarded to Mines students.

The ceremony will be May 10. Kellow will be awarded an honorary doctorate.

Kellow joined Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private-sector coal company with a workforce of more than 8,000 employees, in 2013. Now based at the company’s headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., he has executive responsibility for all aspects of the Peabody’s global operations, including safety, environment, production, sales and marketing, engineering and planning, strategy and business development.

“Glenn Kellow is a leader in the energy and mining industries on two continents, and is well known for his relentless focus on mine safety. The School of Mines is located just a two-hour drive from the Powder River Basin, which supplies the energy for electricity in one out of every five homes in America,” said Heather Wilson, president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. “With so many of our graduates serving in the energy and mining sectors, we are honored to have Glenn share his perspective with our graduates and their families.”

Kellow has worked across a broad range of commodities spanning three decades, 28 years of which was with BHP Billiton where he held multiple leadership posts on three continents. Kellow most recently served as president of the multinational aluminum and nickel business, with operations in South Africa, Australia, Mozambique and Colombia. He has held a number of executive, operating, and financial positions in the coal, copper, base metals, steel, and petroleum sectors in United Sates Australia, and Chile. 

Kellow is the former chairman of Worsley Alumina in Australia, of Mozal in Mozambique, and of the global Nickel Institute. He is a former director of the World Coal Association, the U.S. National Mining Association, and a past member of the executive committee of the Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy and the advisory board of the Energy and Mining Institute of the University of Western Australia.

He holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Newcastle in Australia. Kellow also completed the advanced management program of the Wharton Business School and is a fellow of CPA Australia.


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