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Klaus Kleinfeld
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
New York, New York
 
 
Klaus Kleinfeld is Chairman and CEO of Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing for the automotive, aerospace, defense and commercial transportation industries, as well as the building and construction, packaging, and oil and gas markets. Alcoa delivers value-added titanium, nickel and aluminum products and best-in-class bauxite, alumina and aluminum in the 30 countries where it operates.  Mr.  Kleinfeld joined the company in 2007 as President and Chief Operating Officer and seven months later assumed CEO responsibilities. He has served on Alcoa’s Board of Directors since 2003.
 
Before Alcoa, Mr. Kleinfeld had a 20-year career with Siemens, the global electronics and industrial conglomerate, based in the U.S. and Germany, where he served as chief executive officer of Siemens AG starting in 2005. During his tenure, Mr. Kleinfeld presided over a dramatic transformation of the company, reshaping the company's portfolio around three high-growth areas, resulting in an increase of revenues and a near doubling of market capitalization. Prior to his service on the Managing Board of Siemens AG, Mr. Kleinfeld was President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. subsidiary, Siemens Corporation, which represents the company’s largest region.
 
In addition to serving on Alcoa's board, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG, and the Board of Directors of Hewlett-Packard and Morgan Stanley. In 2009, Mr. Kleinfeld was appointed Chairman of the U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC), which is dedicated to promoting trade and investment between the United States and Russia. In 2013, Mr. Kleinfeld joined the U.S.-China Business Council Board of Directors and is honored to be a member of the Chinese Premier’s Global CEO Advisory Council. He is a member of the Brookings Institution Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the World Economic Forum USA.
 
Mr. Kleinfeld was born in Bremen, Germany, and educated at the University of Goettingen and University of Wuerzburg, both in Germany. He holds a PhD in strategic management and a master's degree in business administration. Mr. Kleinfeld and his wife reside in New York and have two children.