SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 30, 2013
Patriot Coal Corporation
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (314) 275-3600
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
On January 30, 2013, the Board of Directors (the Board) of Patriot Coal Corporation (Patriot) appointed Michael D. Day as Executive Vice President Operations.
Mr. Day, age 42, joined Patriot in August 2008. Mr. Day most recently served as Patriots Senior Vice President Engineering & WV Central Region & Kentucky Operations (August 2011 through January 2013). During his time at Patriot, Mr. Day has also held the positions of Vice President Operations (August 2009 through August 2011) and Vice President Surface Operations (August 2008 through August 2009). Prior to joining Patriot, Mr. Day served in a variety of management positions from 1992 through 2008 at Magnum Coal Company, Arch Coal, Inc. and James River Coal Company. In his new position Mr. Day will receive an annual base salary of $450,000.
On February 1, 2013, Patriot issued a press release announcing this management change. A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
On January 30, 2013, the Board authorized Patriot to enter into an Indemnification Agreement (the Indemnification Agreement) and Third Amendment to Employment Agreement (the Amendment) with Bennett K. Hatfield, President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Patriot. Mr. Hatfield was named Patriots President and Chief Executive Officer and elected to the Board, effective October 23, 2012.
Patriot has previously entered into indemnification agreements with its current and past directors and certain executive officers. Pursuant to the Indemnification Agreement and consistent with the indemnification rights provided to directors under Patriots amended and restated certificate of incorporation, Patriot agrees, subject to the limitations contained in the Indemnification Agreement, to indemnify and hold harmless Mr. Hatfield to the fullest extent permitted or authorized by the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware in effect on the date of the Indemnification Agreement or as such laws may be amended or replaced to increase the extent to which a corporation may indemnify its directors. The Indemnification Agreement does not cover matters which occurred prior to Patriots Chapter 11 filing on July 9, 2012.
The Amendment, which is effective October 23, 2012, was entered into to reflect Mr. Hatfields new role and reporting relationship as President and Chief Executive Officer of Patriot.
The Indemnification Agreement and the Amendment are attached hereto as Exhibits 10.1 and 10.2, respectively, and are incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Dated: February 5, 2013