Compass CEO left the coal industry after Wall Street gave it the shaft

In leaving the coal industry for the CEO job at Overland Park-based Compass Minerals International Inc., Kevin Crutchfield was leaving a sinking industry for a much more stable one.

Crutchfield, who was named CEO of Compass in April, had a long history in coal, most recently as CEO of Contura Energy. He told Bloomberg that he decided to leave the coal industry as he saw that Wall Street had begun to turn its back on coal out of concern for climate change, and energy users continued to shift to natural…


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