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October 15, 2009

Daniel Cruise to Join Alcoa as Vice President – Public and Government Affairs

NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced that Daniel Cruise will join Alcoa as Vice President for Public and Government Affairs. He will oversee all global, national, state and local governmental and regulatory affairs and other public matters for the company.

Daniel Cruise comes to Alcoa from the Albright Stonebridge Group where, as a Managing Director, he ran the firm’s New York office. At Albright Stonebridge, Mr. Cruise advised global businesses as they entered new markets and adjusted to local government and regulatory frameworks. Mr. Cruise also served in President Clinton’s White House as Director for Public Affairs for the National Security Council.

“Daniel brings a unique set of government and private sector experience to Alcoa,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa President and CEO. “He served at the highest levels of the U.S. government on international trade and security issues, and he has worked with major corporations facing a wide range of global issues,” he added. “At a time when Alcoa’s worldwide interests are expanding, Daniel has the ideal talents and background to advance the interests of Alcoa on public policy and strategic issues on a global scale.”

Mr. Cruise said, "I am delighted to join Alcoa, an iconic American company, and help the business navigate markets and capitalize on new opportunities."

Prior to the Albright Stonebridge Group, Mr. Cruise was a Managing Director at the strategic consulting firm Clark and Weinstock, specializing in public affairs, investor relations and financial communications.

During the Clinton Administration, Mr. Cruise worked at the White House as Assistant Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Director of Public Affairs for the National Security Council. He also played a key role in securing passage of legislation extending Permanent Normal Trade Relations to China.

Before joining the White House staff, Mr. Cruise was a senior member of the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.

Prior to his public service, Mr. Cruise worked for J.P. Morgan on the foreign currency sales desk.

Mr. Cruise holds a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from Brown University, where he was awarded the Harvey Baker Fellowship.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world leader in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its active and growing participation in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems. The Company has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years. Alcoa employs approximately 63,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com