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March 17, 2003
Alcoa Names Dr. Mohammad A. Zaidi Chief Technical Officer; John W. Collins III Becomes Chairman's Counsel
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 17, 2003--Alcoa announced today
that Dr. Mohammad A. Zaidi, 51, has been appointed Chief Technical
Officer for the company responsible for corporate technology programs
and projects, as well as strategic product and process developments.
Alcoa's deep capabilities in research, development, and applied
engineering are one of the key ways Alcoa delivers solutions to its
customers. He is also appointed a member of the Alcoa Executive
Council, the senior leadership group that provides strategic direction
for the company. He succeeds John W. Collins III, 58, executive vice
president, Science and Technology, who becomes Chairman's Counsel
assisting with the transition of his responsibilities until his
retirement later this year.
Biographical information follows:
Dr. Mohammad A. Zaidi
Dr. Zaidi has been president of Alcoa Automotive's Fabrication and
Assembly business and chief operating officer of Alcoa's Automotive
Castings business since 2001.
Dr. Zaidi joined Alcoa in 1985 at ATC as a senior engineer. Since
then, he has held assignments of increasing responsibility, including
in 1991 being named manager of technology development and transfer for
the aluminum-intensive vehicle, which included development of the
aluminum spaceframe used on the Audi A8, and later the Ferrari Modena.
Dr. Zaidi moved to Germany in 1992 for the startup of the Alcoa
Automotive GmbH plant in Soest, Germany, which produces castings, and
formed and machined components and assemblies for the automotive
industry. In 1995, he was named director of product strategy, which
involved new automotive product development and related technologies,
and in 1997 vice president of technology development for Alcoa's
automotive business. He returned to ATC in 1998 as director of
technology for worldwide automotive and extrusions, with
accountability for best practice transfer and technology management
throughout Alcoa's extrusion and automotive businesses, worldwide.
Dr. Zaidi, who was born in India, graduated in 1975 with a
metallurgical engineering degree from IIT, in Kanpur, India. He
graduated from the Imperial College in London both with a master's
degree in materials technology and a Ph.D in mechanical metallurgy in
1977 and 1980, respectively. He has authored 20 papers or articles in
various scientific journals and books.
John W. Collins III
John W. Collins III was appointed Alcoa executive vice president,
Science and Technology in 2001 and has lead Alcoa's corporate
technology programs, strategic product and process developments as
well as breakthrough technology projects since then. Mr. Collins was
also a member of Alcoa's Executive Council, the senior leadership
group that provides strategic direction for the company.
Mr. Collins joined Alcoa in 1969 at Alcoa Technical Center, near
Pittsburgh, as a development engineer in product and process
development and in 1973 became the section head of engineering and
equipment development there. From 1977 through 1985, he held a series
of sales and marketing management assignments in New Jersey, Los
Angeles, Oklahoma City and Pittsburgh. Since that time, Mr. Collins
has been president of a number of Alcoa's major business units,
including Engineered Products and Mill Products. He was elected an
Alcoa vice president in 1995.
Mr. Collins holds five U.S. patents and is the recipient of three
Alcoa Technical Awards. He received a BSME in 1969 from the University
of Michigan, College of Engineering. He was born in Bronxville, New
York, and grew up in Birmingham, Michigan. Mr. Collins has been active
on a number of external commercial and academic industry advisory
boards including the Tauber Manufacturing Institute and the College of
Engineering at the University of Michigan.