Robert E. Murray is the founder, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Murray Energy Corp., a group of private coal mining, sales and transloading companies, which, together, currently produce about 30 million tons of bituminous coal annually and employ 3,300 persons. These facilities comprise one of the largest groups of underground coal mining operations in the United States.
Murray was formerly president and chief executive officer of the North American Coal Corp. He served North American for 31 years in virtually every type of engineering, underground supervisory, management and executive position, including president and chief operating officer, as well as president and chief executive officer.
During his 56-year career in the mining industry, Murray has received numerous awards, including the Erskine Ramsay, Howard N. Eavenson, Percy Nicholls and Distinguished Member Awards from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Inc., of which he was president in 1989. He was president of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers Inc. in 2000 and has been elected an honorary member. He was presented the National Mining Association Spirit of America Award, and the International Society of Mining Safety Professionals chose him to receive its distinguished Chief Executive Leadership Award.
Murray is currently a member of the boards of the National Mining Association, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, and American Council for Affordable and Reliable Energy, and the Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio and Utah Coal Associations. He also serves on the National Coal Council and the advisory board of the National Mining Hall of Fame and is a life member of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute.
Murray has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business and holds a bachelor's degree in mine engineering from Ohio State University. He is a licensed professional engineer and private pilot, and resides with his wife, Brenda, in Moreland Hills and St. Clairsville. Their sons, Rob, Jon, and Ryan, all graduates of West Virginia University, are involved in the family business.