Vice President, Alcoa
President, Global Primary Products, Australia
Alan Cransberg was named President, Global Primary Products, Australia on February 1, 2008. He is accountable for Alcoa’s interests in the Australian Region. He has responsibility for the bauxite mines, alumina refineries and aluminum smelters in Australia. These include the Huntly bauxite mine, the Kwinana, Pinjarra, and Wagerup alumina refineries, Anglesea Power Station, and the Pt. Henry and Portland smelters. In addition, he is responsible for best practice sharing and equipment/technology development for Alcoa’s global refining and mining system. Alan is also a vice president of Alcoa.
Before returning to Australia, Alan was President, Global Manufacturing for Alcoa’s Global Primary Products group based in New York. In this role, he was responsible for global primary products manufacturing, which includes mining, smelting and refining operations in the US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Suriname, Europe and Jamaica. He also served as chair of Alcoa’s Employee Relations Council in the US.
Alan began his Alcoa career in West Australia, graduating in 1980 from the University of West Australia with an honors degree in Civil Engineering. He worked in the Alcoa Bauxite Mining Group and the West Australian alumina refining system in various engineering, business analysis, planning and managerial positions. He was appointed Pinjarra Alumina Refinery location manager in 1998. In 2001, Alan moved to the US to become location manager of Alcoa's Point Comfort, TX, alumina and chemicals complex. In 2003, he moved to Knoxville, Tenn., as president of Primary Metals, USA. His job was expanded to President, Primary Metals North America in 2004, with direct responsibility for locations in the US and Canada as well as coordination of Alcoa’s worldwide smelting facilities.
Alan has led Community Employment Initiatives in the Peel Region in West Australia, and been on various Advisory Committees focused on the jobs development in Australia and the US. He is currently on the Boards and Councils of various government and private enterprise partnerships.
Alan is married and has four children.