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September 13, 2012

Alcoa Chief Diversity Officer Gena Lovett Named to List of 2013 Women Worth Watching®

NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that Chief Diversity Officer Gena Lovett has been selected as one of the 2013 Women Worth Watching® by Diversity Journal magazine. The publication recognizes women executives that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership in their careers.

In the magazine's annual Women Worth Watching® issue, nearly 200 female executives share their views on the importance of education as a critical success factor in their careers and also emphasize that girls need to be encouraged early to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

"My education unlocked opportunities for me and gave me confidence to compete," Lovett said in her profile. "It has opened my mind to new ideas and with new ideas comes innovation."

"The best and the brightest STEM candidates at Alcoa are challenged, recognized, rewarded and encouraged to develop to their full potential," Lovett said. "A STEM career offers tremendous opportunities for women and minorities to take on leadership roles to ensure the next generation of leaders includes diverse viewpoints."

Lovett was appointed Chief Diversity Officer for Alcoa in January 2012, serving as the company’s executive level diversity and inclusion strategist. Prior to this assignment, she was plant manager at Alcoa's Cleveland (Ohio) Works responsible for the manufacturing operations of three key Alcoa businesses -- Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions Aerospace, Commercial Vehicle Wheels, and Forged Specialty Wheels.

Lovett serves on the advisory board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and as a Vice Chairperson of the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, Board Director for University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and Trustee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. She was recognized by Crain’s business magazine as a “Woman of Note” in 2011 and in 2009 was named a YWCA “Woman of Achievement.”

Lovett is a graduate of The Ohio State University and earned an MBA in international business from Baker School of Graduate Studies, in Flint, Michigan.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for ten consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at