CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) has nominated Bernard Lanigan Jr., Joseph P. Platt, and Edwin S. Roberson to its board of directors for election at its annual meeting of shareholders on May 11. The other nominees include eight current members of the board.
The company has also announced the election of William N. Thorndike Jr. as chairman of the board effective immediately upon the conclusion of the annual meeting. J. Brett Harvey, current chairman of the board, has elected to retire and not stand for reelection at the annual meeting. The board has appointed Harvey as chairman emeritus, in recognition of his many years of service to the company, as both chairman and CEO. Philip W. Baxter and David C. Hardesty Jr. have also elected to retire and not stand for reelection at the annual meeting.
Lanigan founded and has served as chairman and CEO of Southeast Asset Advisors Inc., a registered investment advisor and wealth management company, since 1991. He also founded and has served as chairman of Lanigan & Associates PC, a certified public accounting and consulting firm, since 1974. Lanigan currently serves on the boards of directors of Ruby Tuesday Inc. and Rayonier Inc., as well as various private companies and foundations. Lanigan previously served on the board of directors of Texas Industries Inc. He is a graduate of Furman University and is a certified public accountant.
Platt is the general partner at Thorn Partners LP, a family limited partnership, since 1997. His career at Johnson and Higgins (J&H), a global insurance broker and employee benefits consultant, spanned 27 years, until 1997, when J&H was sold to Marsh & McLennan Companies. At the time of the sale of J&H, Platt was an owner, director, and executive vice president. He is on the board of directors of Greenlight Capital Re Ltd., which provides a variety of custom-tailored reinsurance solutions to the insurance, risk retention group, captive and financial marketplaces. He also serves as an independent director of BlackRock's Open End & Liquidity Funds. Platt is active in the community, serving on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Manhattan College, and his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University Law School. He also attended Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Platt is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
Roberson currently serves as CEO of Christ Community Health Services. Prior to that, he served for several years as CEO of Novostem Therapeutics Inc., a cancer research biotech firm, and Beacon Consulting LLC, a business consulting firm. From 1991 to 2006, he worked at Conwood LLC, where he served in several roles, including CEO and, ultimately, president. After serving in the Army from 1969 to 1971, Roberson began his professional career at KPMG, an international accounting and consulting firm, where he was a tax partner for many years until 1991. He serves on the board of directors of several private corporations. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Georgia in 1972 and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Roberson is a certified public accountant.
The other candidates for election to the board of directors at the May 11 meeting are Nicholas J. DeIuliis, Alvin R. Carpenter, William E. Davis, Maureen E. Lally-Green, Gregory A. Lanham, John T. Mills, William P. Powell, and William N. Thorndike Jr.