Walter J. Scheller, III, age 62, was appointed as our Chief Executive Officer and as one of our directors in March 2016. Mr. Scheller was the Chief Executive Officer of Walter Energy, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Walter Energy”), from September 2011 to March 2016, when certain mining assets of Walter Energy were acquired by Warrior Met Coal, LLC, the predecessor of the Company. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Walter Energy’s primary subsidiary, Jim Walter Resources, Inc., from June 2010 to September 2011. Mr. Scheller served on the board of directors of Walter Energy from September 2011 to March 2016 (formerly NYSE listed under “WLT”). On July 15, 2015, Walter Energy and certain of its wholly-owned subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of Title 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Prior to joining Walter Energy, he served as Senior Vice President—Strategic Operations of Peabody Energy Corporation (“Peabody”) from June 2006 to June2010. Prior to his career at Peabody, Mr. Scheller worked for CNX Gas Corporation as Vice President and, prior to that, at CONSOL Energy Inc. where he held a number of executive and operational roles, the last of which was Vice President—Operations. Mr. Scheller graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering and received his Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh—Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.
Jack K. Richardson, age 61, was appointed as our Chief Operating Officer in March 2016. Mr. Richardson was the Vice President of Murray Energy from September 2015 to March 2016. From June 2014 to August 2015, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of White Oak Resources, LLC. Mr. Richardson was employed by CONSOL Energy Inc. for over 30 years, with his most recent position being Vice President of Coal Operations. Mr. Richardson has worked in the mining sector for over 40 years and has experience in all basins east of the Mississippi River. Mr. Richardson graduated from Bluefield State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering Technology and an Associate of Science degree in Business Management.
Dale W. Boyles, age 62, has been our Chief Financial Officer since January 2017. From November to December 2016, he provided consulting services to Warrior Met Coal, LLC. Mr. Boyles was the Chief Financial Officer of Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation (formerly NYSE listed under “NOR”), a primary aluminum and aluminum coil manufacturer, from November 2013 to November 2016. While in that role, he oversaw the voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code of Noranda in 2016. From 2006 to June 2012, Mr. Boyles served in several capacities for Hanes brands, Inc. (NYSE listed under “HBI”), an apparel company, including Operating Chief Financial Officer from October 2011 to June 2012, Interim Chief Financial Officer from May 2011 to October 2011, and Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer from 2006 to May 2011. From 1997 to 2006, he served in various capacities for KPMG LLP, most recently as Audit Partner, Consumer & Industrial Markets. Mr. Boyles was Corporate Division Controller for Collins & Aikman Corporation from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Boyles graduated from the University of North Carolina—Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Kelli K. Gant, age 51, was appointed as our Chief Administrative Officer in March 2016 and as our Corporate Secretary in January 2017. Ms. Gant was the VP—Human Resources at Walter Energy from August 2011 to March 2016 and the Director—Benefits at Walter Energy from December 2009 to July 2011. Before joining Walter Energy, she was the Senior Vice President and Corporate Benefits Director of Colonial Bank from December 2008 to November 2009, the President of Pension & Benefit Trust Company from July 2007 to November 2008, and the Senior Vice President and Institutional Services Manager of Regions Morgan Keegan Trust from October 2000 to July 2007. Ms. Gant graduated from Auburn University at Montgomery with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management and received her Juris Doctor degree from Jones School of Law at Faulkner University and her Master of Business Administration degree from Manderson Graduate School of Business at The University of Alabama.
Charles Lussier, age 48, has been our Chief Commercial Officer since March 2020, after serving as our Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing since March 2019. Prior to joining the Company in March 2018 as Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Mr. Lussier was employed as the General Manager of Nitrogen and Latin America Strategy of the global explosives company, Dyno Nobel, from 2015 to 2018. Prior to joining Dyno Nobel, Mr. Lussier worked at Canadian Occidental Petroleum and its successors, Nexen, Nexen Quimica Brasil Ltda. and Canexus, from 1998 to 2015, where he held numerous management positions within Operations, Business Development and Sales and Marketing. During this time, Mr. Lussier spent over 11 years in Brazil working in different locations. Mr. Lussier graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada with a degree in Chemical Engineering, and received his Master of Business Administration degree from Athabasca University.
Brian M. Chopin, age 40, was appointed as our Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller in March 2023 and has served as our Chief Accounting Officer and Controller since March 2016. Mr. Chopin served as Chief Accounting Officer and Controller of Walter Energy from May 2015 to March 2016. Mr. Chopin was the Assistant Corporate Controller from January 2014 to May 2015 and the SEC Reporting Manager from July 2012 to January 2014, of Walter Energy. Before joining Walter Energy, Mr. Chopin was an Audit Manager at KPMG in its Assurance and Advisory Business Services practice from September 2006 to July 2012. Mr. Chopin graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Accounting degree with an emphasis in taxation.