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Alcoa Vice President Robert Alexander Retires; Walter Frankiewicz Joins Alcoa as President, AFL Automotive NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that Walter E. (Walt) Frankiewicz has
joined Alcoa as President of AFL Automotive. He succeeds Robert T.
Alexander who has retired from the company. Frankiewicz comes to Alcoa
from ArvinMeritor, Inc., a Tier 1 components supplier to the motor
vehicle industry, where he was vice president and general manager of its
Global Chassis Systems Division.
The Alcoa AFL Automotive business designs and manufactures automotive
electrical/electronic system and components for automakers worldwide. It
has more than 34,000 employees in 13 countries.
“Walt brings great commercial vehicle and
automotive experience to this role as well as a strong strategic
orientation. We are pleased he has joined the Alcoa team,”
said Bill Christopher, Executive Vice President –
Alcoa and Group President – Engineered
Products and Solutions.
“Bob has been a significant contributor to
Alcoa in numerous engineering and leadership roles. Most importantly,
under Bob’s leadership, AFL Automotive set the
benchmark for safety and environmental performance for Alcoa. We wish
Bob all the best in his retirement,”
Following is biographical information on Frankiewicz and Alexander.
Walt Frankiewicz has 25 years experience in technical and senior
managerial roles in the motor vehicle industry. He most recently was
vice president and general manager at ArvinMeritor, Inc., a top global
supplier of motor vehicle components and systems. From 2000 until 2004,
he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Benteler Automotive
Corporation’s North American Operations based
in Auburn Hills, Michigan responsible for Benteler’s
automotive business in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Benteler, one of the
largest independent automotive suppliers, is headquartered in Germany.
Earlier, he spent 16 years with AlliedSignal Automotive in a series of
engineering assignments culminating as Vice President of Engineering.
Mr. Frankiewicz is a 1981 electrical engineering graduate of The Ohio
Robert (Bob) Alexander
Bob Alexander was named president of AFL Automotive in 2001 and elected
a vice president of Alcoa in 2003. During his career, he has held
various engineering, program management and business management
positions, primarily with AFL Automotive. He joined Alcoa in 1986 as
chief engineer with AFL, progressing to general manager of AFL’s
Japanese automotive programs, then director of EDS programs before being
named vice president of AFL Full Service Supply in 1995. Two years
later, he headed AFL’s Design Engineering and
Program Management, than in 2000 he assumed accountability for AFL’s
manufacturing operations in North America and a year later
responsibility for AFL Automotive Operations worldwide.