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November 20, 2003
Alcoa Corporate Safety Director Invited to Join New NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 20, 2003--Alcoa (NYSE:AA)
announced today that Rick Williams, Alcoa's worldwide director of
safety, has joined the newly convened NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory
Panel to assist NASA in its ongoing review and improvement of safety
systems, operations and culture.
NASA's safety panel was originally chartered by the U.S Congress
in 1967 to act as an independent body to advise the NASA Administrator
on safety issues regarding operations, missions and other agency
initiatives. A new charter, drafted following the loss of space
shuttle Columbia, calls for the panel to be composed of recognized
safety, management and engineering experts from industry, academia and
other government agencies.
In announcing formation of the panel under the new charter
Director of Safety NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe said that the panel
will have a 'deep capacity to conduct comprehensive, independent,
external oversight of NASA safety systems, operations and culture'.
The new panel is also expected to play an important role in the
ongoing safety assessment and review of the Space Shuttle program
after its return to flight.
"We welcome the members' active participation in our efforts to
emerge from the Columbia tragedy a smarter, stronger and safer agency
dedicated to exploration," said Administrator O'Keefe.
Rick Williams brings to the panel over 25 years of experience in
manufacturing including roles in operations, human resources, safety,
and community and government affairs. He has served in plant, business
unit and corporate assignments. Prior to his current assignment,
Williams was the director of Human Resources for Alcoa Primary Metals
located in Knoxville in the United States.
Williams described his appointment as both an honor and an
opportunity for Alcoa. "Having NASA recognize the effectiveness of
Alcoa's approach to safety and invite our direct participation on the
panel is extremely pleasing. NASA, Alcoa, and the other panel members
all share a common objective in pursuit of safety, we confront many
common issues in our respective workplaces, so bringing our different
perspectives to bear also offers rich opportunity for learning from
each other," Williams said.
Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum,
fabricated aluminum and alumina, and is active 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 as a single solution to customers.
In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets
consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) aluminum foil, Alcoa(R)
wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are
vinyl siding, closures, precision castings, fastening systems, and
electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has
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