William F. (Bill) Oplinger
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
William F. (Bill) Oplinger was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Alcoa in April 2013. Bill has deep experience leading Alcoa’s finance function, with current executive oversight for treasury, pension, tax, controllership, financial planning and analysis, audit and investor relations. Under Bill’s financial leadership Alcoa recently announced its planned separation into two publicly-traded entities, the Upstream and Value Add companies, in the second half of 2016. Bill has also led the company’s overhead reduction program which contributed to $3b of productivity achieved by Alcoa in 2013-2015. Bill sits on the Alcoa Executive Council, the senior leadership group that sets strategic direction for the company.
Previously Bill served as chief operating officer for Alcoa's Upstream business, Global Primary Products (GPP), with responsibility for day-to-day operations of the Upstream’s five businesses – mining, refining, smelting, casting and energy. In this role, he oversaw extensive restructuring of the upstream business with an emphasis on optimizing the group’s centers of excellence (COE’s), including the launch of the mining COE. Earlier Bill served as Chief Financial Officer for the Upstream business.
Since joining Alcoa in 2000, Bill has held key corporate financial positions in Financial Analysis & Planning and as Director of Investor Relations. He has also held major assignments the Upstream business, including Controller and Operational Excellence Director.
Earlier in his career, Bill held engineering, marketing management and business planning positions with Westinghouse and Emerson Electric. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1989 in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech University and a Master’s of Science with honors in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998.