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April 25, 2005
Three Alcoa Executives Appointed to New Positions
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 25, 2005--Alcoa announced today the appointment of three executives to new positions.
Effective immediately William J. (Bill) O'Rourke, 56, is named President, Alcoa Russia, reporting to Ric Belda, executive vice president, Alcoa European Region. Richard L. (Jake) Siewert, Jr., 41, becomes Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety and Public Strategy. He continues reporting relationship to Paul Thomas, executive vice president, People, ABS and Culture. Julie Caponi, 43, was elected Vice President, Internal Audit, reporting to CFO Rick Kelson.
William J. (Bill) O'Rourke
William J. (Bill) O'Rourke, who has been an Alcoa vice president since 1997, is responsible for the substantial manufacturing assets Alcoa recently acquired in Samara and Belaya Kalitva in the Russian Federation. The Samara and Belaya Kalitva facilities are located 800 km south east of Moscow and 800 km south west of Moscow, respectively. Both plants feature cast houses, flat rolled products, extrusion, and forging capabilities.
Mr. O'Rourke has led Alcoa's global environment, health and safety and audit activities since 2002 when corporate environment, health and safety responsibilities were integrated with global audit activities. He had been vice president of Audit since 2001. During his Alcoa career, he has also served as vice president of Alcoa's Business Services organization, which included corporate staff service areas such as Procurement, Financial Shared Services, Human Resources, Environment, Health & Safety, Administrative Services and Aircraft Operations. Earlier, he held positions in Alcoa's Intellectual Property organization as an assistant officer, corporate patent counsel and as assistant general counsel.
Mr. Siewert joined Alcoa in October 2001 as vice president, global communications and public strategy responsible for overseeing and integrating the company's approach to the media, governments, local communities, and other stakeholders. In his new assignment, Mr. Siewert is accountable for Alcoa's global environment, health and safety efforts in addition to continuing leadership of the company's communications and public strategy responsibilities. Prior to joining Alcoa, Mr. Siewert served as the White House press secretary from 2000-2001, where he was principal spokesperson for U.S. President Bill Clinton's Administration on foreign and domestic policy. Earlier, he was special assistant to the President for Economic Affairs for the National Economic Council at the White House.
Julie Caponi joined Alcoa in 2000 and shortly thereafter was named assistant controller and an officer of the company. In this assignment, Ms. Caponi was responsible for establishing and maintaining financial accounting policies, overseeing the consolidation of Alcoa's financial results, and leading the company's initiatives related to Sarbanes-Oxley. In 2004, Ms. Caponi was promoted to director, Financial Planning & Analysis. Prior to joining Alcoa, Ms. Caponi was an audit partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP in the accounting firm's Pittsburgh office.