Baxter F. Phillips


President of Massey Energy from November 2008 to 2010.
Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer from November 2004 to November 2008,
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from September 2003 to November 2004
Vice President and Treasurer from October 2000 to August 2003

He holds a bachelors of Science in business management and a master’s degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Baxter Phillips joined Massey Energy Company in 1981. He has served in the roles of Corporate Treasurer, Manager of Export Sales and Corporate Human Resources Manager, among others. Prior to joining Massey, he held various investment and banking positions, including manager of fixed income for the Virginia Retirement System, Group Head in the corporate banking division of the former American Security Bank in Washington, D.C. and Cash Management Officer at the former United Virginia Bankshares, Inc. in Richmond, Virginia.



Phillips was president during the April 2010 explosion at Upper Big Branch Mine.

In the 10 years Phillips has served as a senior executive at Massey Energy 54 miners have been killed in accidents, more than any other mining company in the US.  

Between 2000 and 2009, while Phillips has held an executive position at Massey, the company received more violations — and more “significant, substantial” violations — than any other coal company. The government cited Massey for 62,923 violations and 25,612 significant ones.

Blankenship said “Baxter and I have worked together for 28 years and he will provide the company great executive leadership”

Phillips donated $2,400 to Elliot Maynard, a Justice in the West Viginia Supreme Court who was admonished by the US Supreme Court for vacationing in France with Don Blankenship during a trial involving Massey.  Maynard subsequently sided with Massey in the lawsuit and appealed a $50 million jury verdict against the company.