John (Jack) D. Bergen
Vice President, Corporate Projects
Jack Bergen is Vice President, Corporate Projects for Alcoa, a position he assumed in May 2012. In this role, he serves in a variety of assignments to strengthen coordination and collaboration among Alcoa's business and staff groups. He also has a key role in developing and teaching leadership programs throughout the organization, including senior executive coaching.
Most recently, Jack was Vice President, Human Resources overseeing the company’s human resource management functions including benefits and compensation, labor relations, performance management, transfer and relocation, recruitment and organization development. Prior to assuming this position in 2010, Jack was responsible for global external and internal communications, government affairs and e-business for the Company. In addition, he provided oversight to the Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest U.S. corporate foundations with assets of approximately $446 million.
Before joining Alcoa in 2008, Jack was Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Marketing, for Siemens Corporation. In addition, Jack has held senior communications positions for CBS, Westinghouse and General Electric. He was also CEO of GCI Group, an international public relations and government affairs firm with operations in 24 countries.
A Vietnam veteran who also led military units in Europe and Korea, Jack was an Army Ranger and paratrooper. He served as a strategic planner in the Pentagon and as chief speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger during the Reagan Administration.
Jack graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in Engineering and received a Master's Degree in English from Indiana University. He taught English, philosophy, and ethics at West Point. He is the author of "A Test for Technology," a book on electronic warfare and technology in the Vietnam War.
Jack was named 2005 Marketing Executive of the Year by the Business Marketing Association, and in 2007 was given the Atlas Award for Lifetime Achievement in International Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America.