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May 30, 2000
George E. Bergeron Named President and CEO Reynolds Metals Company; William E. Leahey, Jr. Elected Alcoa Vice President and Group President
PITTSBURGH--May 30, 2000--
George E. Bergeron, 58, has been named president and chief executive
officer of Reynolds Metals Company, following Alcoa's completed merger
with the world's third-largest aluminum company earlier this month.
Since October 1999, Mr. Bergeron was president, Reynolds Integration.
Previously, he was executive vice president, Allied Products, where he
had overall responsibility for several Alcoa business units, including
Foil Products; Kawneer; and Alcoa Building Products. In 1998, Mr.
Bergeron led the Alcoa merger team that integrated Alumax, then the
fourth largest aluminum company in the U.S., into Alcoa.
Separately, Alcoa's Board of Directors recently elected William E.
Leahey, Jr., 50, a vice president of Alcoa and group president
responsible for the Reynolds packaging and consumer business and
Reynolds Aluminum Supply Co. (RASCO). He will also assist with the
integration of Reynolds into Alcoa. Mr. Leahey had been executive vice
president and chief financial officer of Reynolds Metals Company.
George E. Bergeron began his Alcoa career in 1968 as employment
supervisor at the Lancaster (Pa) Works, and held a series of production
and marketing assignments before being named president of Alcoa Closure
Systems International, the business unit that makes plastic and metal
bottle caps. In 1990, he was elected an Alcoa vice president and general
manager of Alcoa Rigid Packaging, and, in 1991, president of this
business unit, which produces aluminum sheet for the beverage and food
cans. He has had overall responsibility for several Alcoa businesses,
including Alcoa Metal Sales &Trading, Alcoa Foil Products, Alcoa
Building Products, Kawneer, Alcoa Extruded Construction Products and
Alcoa Packaging Equipment. In 1998 he was named executive vice
president, with special focus on corporate growth initiatives. He was
President & CEO of Alumax and led the teams that integrated Alumax into
Alcoa in 1998 and Reynolds Metals into Alcoa in 1999/2000. Mr. Bergeron
is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He served five years
in the U.S. Air Force, where he achieved the rank of captain.
William E. Leahey, Jr. joined Reynolds in 1990 as Can Division sales and
marketing director. He was named the Can Division general manager in
1992, its vice president and general manager in 1993, and senior vice
president, Reynolds global can business in 1997. He was named to his
most recent position as executive vice president and chief financial
officer in 1998. Before joining Reynolds, Mr. Leahey was a vice
president of Continental Can International. He began his Continental Can
career in 1973 as an account manager and sales representative. In 1982
he became beverage sales manager for Continental Beverage Packaging and,
two years later, he became general manager of sales and administration.
He was based in Hong Kong from 1986 to 1990 as vice president of the
company's Asia Pacific division. Mr. Leahey holds a bachelor's and a
master's degree in business administration from Babson College,
Editorial Contact: Joyce A. Saltzman