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Alliance Resource Partners names Joseph W. Craft III as ARLP's general partner chairman

Staff Writer | Tulsa, Ok., USA | January 8, 2019
Alliance ResourceAlliance Resource Partners, a coal producer, announced that Joseph W. Craft III has assumed the additional role of chairman of the general partner's board of directors.
Mr. Craft is President and chief executive officer of ARLP's general partner.

Mr. Craft was instrumental in the acquisition of the Alliance coal business in 1996 by the Beacon Group from MAPCO Coal Inc., and has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ARLP's general partner since its formation and led ARLP's IPO in 1999.

Mr. Craft also served as Chairman, President and CEO of the general partner of Alliance Holdings GP, L.P. ("AHGP") since its inception (AHGP was a publicly traded master limited partnership from 2006 until completion of ARLP's simplification transactions in 2018).

Mr. Craft has been an active supporter of the coal and energy industries throughout his career, and is a Board member and former Chairman of the National Coal Council, a Board Member of the National Mining Association, and a Director and past Chairman of American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

Alliance also announced that Robert J. Druten has been elected to the general partner’s board of directors and will serve as Chairman of its Conflict Committee and as a member of its Audit and Compensation Committees.

Mr. Druten served as a director of AHGP's former general partner from January 2007 through December 2018.

Mr. Druten currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Kansas City Southern Industries, Inc.

He is also a Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Entertainment Properties Trust and a member of its Audit, Compensation, Finance and Governance Committees.

Mr. Druten previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hallmark Cards, Inc. from September 1994 until his retirement in August 2006.