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Kenneth Wisnoski
President, International Project Development
and Asset Management
New York, New York
 
 
Ken Wisnoski is President, International Project Development and Asset Management for Alcoa. In this corporate role, he coordinates capital-intensive growth and asset management projects across Alcoa's worldwide businesses.  Among the most visible is the Alcoa Ma'aden project in Saudi Arabia, as well as expansion and modernization projects currently underway in Massena, New York, Baie-Cameau, Canada, and Juruti, Brazil.  Ken is also a member of the Alcoa Executive Council, the senior leadership group of the company that sets strategic direction.
 
Most recently, Ken was President, Global Primary Products – Growth, Bauxite and Africa, involved in smelting, bauxite and energy growth opportunities and projects worldwide plus had accountability for the African region.
 
Ken joined Alcoa in 2005 as vice president, Global Primary Products Growth.  In 2007, the business unit expanded to include responsibility for growth opportunities in energy and bauxite, and responsibility for Africa.  During this two year period, Alcoa completed construction of its first greenfield smelter in 20 years in Iceland, a new anode plant in Mosjøen, Norway, and a major refinery expansion currently underway in São Luis, Brazil.
 
Prior to joining Alcoa, Ken was president, Europe and Africa for El Paso Corporation, one of North America’s largest independent natural gas producers and owner of North America’s largest interstate natural gas pipeline system.  Earlier, he was employed for 17 years by Brown & Root, an international engineering and construction contractor involved in the oil and gas, metals, power and civil industries.  While there, he held a variety of project management and senior and executive management positions.
 
Ken, who grew up in Texas, graduated from the University of Dallas in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  He did post-graduate studies at Angelicum University, in Italy, and in 1984 obtained an MBA degree from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas.  He is past Chairman of the United Nations Gas Center based in Geneva, Switzerland.