Massey Energy Co. Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship will retire as of Dec. 31, the company said in an e-mailed statement. Massey President Baxter F. Phillips Jr . will succeed him as CEO, the company said.
Massey Energy Co. Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship , whose company is under investigation because of the April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch that took 29 lives, said today he has no plans to resign and denied his management style contributed to the disaster.
Massey Energy Co. “does not game the system” by appealing U.S. safety citations to delay enforcement action, Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship said in his first appearance before Congress since the explosion at a company coal mine killed 29 workers.
Massey Energy Co. ’s management believed government officials, including President Barack Obama , conspired to destroy the coal producer, according to unsealed court records in a case related to a fatal mine accident.