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John D. Bergen
Vice President, Corporate Projects
New York, New York
 
Jack Bergen is a member of the Alcoa Executive Council, the senior leadership group that sets strategy for the world’s largest integrated aluminum company.  He currently serves as the principal deputy to the CEO for coordinating major corporate initiatives. He also is an executive coach and an adviser and teacher at the Alcoa Academy, the company’s leadership training school. Previously, as head of Human Resources, he had responsibility for managing all support to Alcoa’s 60,000 employees worldwide. He also was Vice President of Corporate Affairs with responsibility for global communications, government affairs and the Alcoa Foundation. 

Before joining Alcoa, Jack had been Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Marketing, for Siemens Corporation.  Prior to Siemens, Jack served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at CBS, responsible for all communications, government affairs and investor relations.  He has also held senior communications roles with Westinghouse and General Electric, was CEO of GCI Group, an international public relations and government affairs firm with operations in 24 countries and was President of Hill and Knowlton US. 

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.