Dave Punola is the Vice President and General Manager, North America Aerospace Structural Castings and Specialty Products, Alcoa Power and Propulsion (APP). He has a deep understanding of each one of the businesses within this important group of operations, which gives APP a decided competitive advantage in the markets it serves.
Dave began his Alcoa career in 1986 as a process engineer at APP’s Thermatech Coatings Operations in Whitehall, Michigan. Since then, he has progressed through a number of operational and technical positions in APP, including Plant Manager at Thermatech Coatings. In March 2009, he was named Manufacturing Director and his responsibilities expanded to encompass several structural casting operations.
Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He holds 10 patents in coating technologies.