Glenn Kellow is President and Chief Executive Officer of Peabody Energy. Peabody is the world’s largest private-sector coal company with a workforce of more than 8,000. The company owns interests in 26 active coal mining operations located in the United States and Australia at a time when coal is the world’s fastest growing major fuel. Peabody also engages in trading and brokerage activities from offices in China, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Indonesia and the United States.
Since joining Peabody in 2013, Kellow has led an operational team that has significantly improved safety, productivity and costs, while also overseeing corporate strategy, marketing and business development.
Kellow has worked across a broad range of commodities spanning three decades. Over a 28-year career with BHP Billiton, he held multiple leadership posts on three continents. He 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 the United States, Australia and Chile.
Kellow is the former Chairman of Worsley Alumina in Australia, Chairman of Mozal in Mozambique, and Chairman 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.
Kellow holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Newcastle in Australia. He completed the advanced management program of the Wharton Business School in the United States and is a Fellow of CPA Australia. Kellow was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and the Alumni Award for International Leadership from the University of Newcastle.
Peabody Energy’s operations reflect the company’s focus on operating 21st century coal mines through continual improvement in mine planning and engineering, use of advanced technologies, operational best practices, environmental care and carbon management. Around the globe, advanced coal technology fuels clean, affordable electricity, and offers energy access for millions while continuing to provide improved emissions. In fact, in the U.S. since 1970, coal used for electricity has increased more than 170%, as GDP more than doubled and key emissions per kilowatt hour decreased 90%. This decline has been achieved through use of modern technologies that allow coal-fueled electricity generating plants to produce more power with fewer emissions. State-of-the-art technologies reduce key emissions by using lime or limestone-bases solutions to scrub sulfur dioxide, advanced coal burners and catalysts to reduce nitrogen oxides, and electrically charged plates for fabric filters to remove particulates. A combination of all these technologies, plus the use of sorbent injection systems, enables highly efficient mercury removal. These advanced coal technologies are a major environmental success story, yet there is still more to be done. Continued investment in research and development to advance next-generation technologies, including commercialization of carbon capture for various uses, will move us toward the ultimate goal of coal-fueled power that is virtually free of emissions
Peabody Energy today is the world’s largest private sector coal company and a global leader in sustainable mining, energy access and clean coal solutions, and in recent years we have worked to elevate global energy poverty as a key priority among world leaders. Energy poverty is a global crisis with 3.5 billion people lacking enough power for basic needs that are essential for human development and quality of life – a human and environmental crisis. Peabody has created the innovative Advanced Energy for Life global campaign to build awareness and support to eliminate energy poverty, increase access to low-cost electricity and improve emissions through advanced clean coal technologies. We believe that increasing access to all forms of affordable energy – including coal – is key to the solution. And the goal of affordable energy goes hand-in-hand with our environmental goals. Innovative clean coal technologies, which include high efficiency supercritical coal plants combined with the collection of emission controls, provide the path to a low-carbon global economy, delivering affordable and reliable power with a significantly lower environmental footprint.
Through partnerships with select universities, Peabody continues its investments in research and development in advanced 21st century coal mining. Since 2008, Peabody has been a leader and integral partner in establishing the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization (CCCU) at Washington University in St. Louis. The CCCU is a center for advanced coal research, including studies of carbon capture, utilization and storage. Peabody’s mission in the partnership is to encourage and coordinate university-wide and external collaborative research on energy, environment, and sustainability. Goals of the Consortium are to advance technologies for clean coal utilization, develop solutions to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions, improve public understanding of the role of coal as a source of energy, and train a motivated, talented workforce that is capable of addressing the future challenges of utilizing coal. In recent years Peabody has also supported the Advance Coal Technology Laboratory at the University of Wyoming’s Energy Innovation Center, funding economic and energy analysis, supporting advanced coal utilization research and education programs for energy-related careers.
In Peabody’s headquarters city of St. Louis, Missouri, we are a founding and funding member of STEMpact, a collaborative network of regional businesses, academia and charitable foundations that work with school districts to improve the caliber of St. Louis science, technology, engineering and math educators, so that these teachers can create STEM-capable learners. STEMpact’s goals includes empowering students in a way that allows them to graduate with skills and to enter high-demand careers in STEM fields. Additionally, STEMpact seeks to align with the needs of our business. We recognize that planning for the next generation workforce in the STEM fields is a business imperative for future growth. To this end, we’ve also supported a number of initiatives related to enhancing STEM education, including a major partnership to outfit the University of Missouri St. Louis’ Peabody Energy Physics and Environmental Engineering Laboratories, and smaller but still significant investments like enabling employees to visit regional school classrooms to facilitate conversations about coal in the energy mix
Peabody’s global inclusion and diversity vision is to maintain a global workforce comprised of varied backgrounds, while promoting the power of inclusion and diversity as a competitive advantage to deliver exceptional results. We also realize that we operate in a competitive market for key science, technology, engineering, math and mining talent and that the coal industry’s workforce is aging. We’ve responded with a comprehensive workforce planning effort with robust learning and development at its foundation. Our initiatives include training programs, mentoring programs, succession planning, and partnerships with universities, junior colleges, and vocational and technical schools. A number of scholarship and training programs to develop STEM talent exist across Peabody’s global business units, including technical scholarship programs to identify and develop maintenance talent for high demand operations, and employing recent graduates in rotational roles across mining, engineering, environmental, mechanical, electrical and related fields. From 2012 to 2014, Peabody saw a 12 percent increase in its U.S. minority workforce, and in our Australian Business Unit, the number of women employed increased 45 percent from 2013 to 2014.