Director since April 2014
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee
Mr. Thrasher is a seasoned veteran of the mining and resources industry with a career spanning five decades. He is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Marketing Officer of Xcoal Energy & Resources, a global coal products supplier and the largest exporter of U.S. origin coal to Asia, whose activities also include the financing and development of mining and related infrastructure projects in West Virginia and in the anthracite coalfield in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Mr. Thrasher’s career in mining dates back to 1971, working for his family’s mining company for 10 years as a manual labourer, equipment operator, pit superintendent and ultimately in operations and mine planning. From 1981 to 1991, Mr. Thrasher worked at Primary Coal, Inc., where his responsibilities included coal procurement, inland transport, and logistics. Over the next 12 years, prior to founding Xcoal, Mr. Thrasher served as President of AMCI Export Corporation and Executive Vice-President, Marketing of AMCI International (both coal products suppliers) where, in addition to his role overseeing the commercial operations of the business, he was involved in mine planning and the development of AMCI’s mining operations in Australia and Mozambique.
Mr. Thrasher is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (USA) and a director on the National Committee on United States-China Relations.
Areas of Expertise: Mining Operations; Health, Safety and Environmental; Capital Allocation and Financial Acumen; Government and Regulatory Affairs; Community Relations; International Business Experience and Global Partnerships.