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May 17, 1997

Alcoa Board Elects Three to Senior Positions

PITTSBURGH--May 17, 1997--
Alcoa announces that Earnest J. Edwards, 58, Russell C. Wisor, 47, and Denis A. Demblowski, 46, were elected by the Alcoa Board of Directors to senior management positions. Edwards was elected senior vice president and controller. His prior position was vice president and controller. Wisor was elected vice president - government affairs; he had been director of government affairs. Demblowski assumes the post of corporate secretary and continues as senior counsel.

Edwards joined Alcoa as a controllership trainee in 1965. He held several product and cost accounting positions before becoming controller for Alcoa in 1982. He was elected a vice president in 1984. He serves on the Board of Directors for LaRoche College and the Alcoa Foundation and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, the National Association of Black Accountants and the Financial Executives Institute (FEI) National Committee on Corporate Reporting. Edwards received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Virginia State College and an MBA from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Wisor joined Alcoa in 1977 as a federal representative. He was manager and subsequently director - government affairs in 1985 and 1990. He continues to be the primary liaison to the federal government on questions of proposed government action directly concerning the company. He is chairman of the Aluminum Association's Government and International Affairs Committee and is a member of the Association's Board of Directors. Wisor is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, earning a bachelor's degree in political science in 1971.

Demblowski joined Alcoa in 1978 as an attorney. He was elected assistant secretary in 1989, and from 1991 to 1995 served as a managing general attorney for the corporation. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the American Corporate Counsel Association and is a member of the American Association of Corporate Secretaries. He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Duquesne University in 1972, and in 1978 earned his juris doctor degree in law from the University of Pittsburgh. He succeeds Barbara Jeremiah, the company's assistant general counsel, as corporate secretary.