Alcoa Fastening Systems Appoints Richard M. Sharpe As Senior Vice President – Global Aerospace Customers and Marketing

Torrance, CA… Alcoa Fastening Systems, a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of fastening systems, specialty fasteners, components, and installation systems for aerospace and commercial product assembly, announces the promotion of Richard M. Sharpe to Senior Vice President – Global Aerospace Customers and Marketing.

In his new role, Mr. Sharpe is responsible for worldwide customer relationship planning, customer service, sales, technical support, communications, and marketing for the aerospace fastening systems business.

“Alcoa Fastening Systems’ success is measured in our ability to establish lasting significant relationships with our customers, out-plan and out-think our competitors in creating superior value propositions, and delivering what we promise,” said Olivier Jarrault, President of Alcoa Fastening Systems. “With Rick’s leadership, experience, abilities and team, I am confident we will build the best possible mutually successful relationships with our aerospace customers.”

Mr. Sharpe has been in the Alcoa Fastening Systems family for over six years serving as Vice President of Business Development and later as Vice President of Military, Regional and Business Aviation.  Prior to the start of his fastening industry career he served fifteen years as an F-15 Pilot and later Fighter Program Manager in the United States Air Force.  Before his military service, Sharpe was a management instructor for Nissan Motor Corporation.  He has a BBA in Management from Western Michigan University.  

Alcoa Fastening Systems is a business unit of Alcoa, and has 5,500 employees, manufacturing at 26 locations in 7 countries. 

Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, precision castings, fastening systems, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 127,000 employees in 41 countries. More information can be found at

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Richard M. Sharpe, Senior Vice President – Global Aerospace Customers and Marketing at AFS