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Alliance Resource Partners Names Craft Chairman

Alliance Resource Partners L.P. (ARLP) said that Joseph Craft III, President and Chief Executive Officer of ARLP's general partner, has assumed the additional role of Chairman of the general partner's Board of Directors.

Craft replaces John Neafsey, who retired effective January 1, 2019 after serving as Board Chairman since 1999.

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. since its inception.

Alliance also announced that, concurrent with Neafsey's retirement, Robert 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.

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