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August 20, 2001
Alcoa Announces New Appointments
PITTSBURGH--August 20, 2001--
Alcoa announced that its Board of Directors elected several new officers
to the company which was motivated by a series of key corporate issues
including the creation of two new Group Presidents, as well as several
other changes to the responsibilities of existing officers.
"We are pleased to have drawn on a range of global backgrounds and skill
sets in further strengthening our senior management team with these new
appointments," said Alcoa Chairman Alain Belda in making the
The two new group presidents are:
» Robert S. Hughes II, 56, is executive vice president, Alcoa and Group
President, Alcoa Allied Products. He will also continue with his
present accountability for Alcoa Fujikura Ltd. and assumes
responsibility for the North American extrusions business. Mr. Hughes
has held a variety of sales, marketing, manufacturing and business unit
management positions with Alcoa during his extensive career.
» Joseph C. Muscari, 54, is vice president, Alcoa and Group President
Asia, Latin America and Environment, Health and Safety. His new
responsibilities for Asia and Brazil have been created in recognition of
the importance of developing these regions to add to Alcoa’s profitable
growth plans. During his Alcoa career, Mr. Muscari has held a series of
manufacturing, financial, business unit and corporate management
positions, including President of Alcoa Asia, where he was responsible
for Alcoa's business development, sales and marketing management in the
In addition, G. John Pizzey, 56, is executive vice president, Alcoa and
Group President, Primary Products. He had been vice president, Alcoa
and Group President, Primary Products. This change represents an
expansion of Mr. Pizzey's role with his current responsibilities for
Alcoa’s global refining, chemicals and smelting operations. Mr. Pizzey
has served in senior management positions in the alumina, chemicals and
primary aluminum areas in both Australia and the U.S.
The board elected several new vice presidents:
» Franklin L. Feder, 50, is elected vice president, Analysis and
Planning. His most recent position was assistant controller, Financial
Analysis and Planning. Mr. Feder had been chief financial officer for
Alcoa Aluminio, Alcoa's Brazilian affiliate, before becoming director of
strategic analysis in the Corporate Development group.
» Mario Longhi Filho, 47, was elected vice president, Alcoa and
president, Alcoa Wheel and Forged Products. His most recent assignment
was vice president and general manager of Alcoa Wheels International,
based in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Longhi has held several operations,
commercial and senior management positions in Alcoa’s Brazilian
operations before moving to Cleveland, Ohio.
» Veronica M. (Ronee) Hagen, 55, was elected vice president, Alcoa and
president, North American Extrusions. She had been president, Alcoa
Engineered Products, which is part of the North American Extrusions
business. Before joining Alcoa in 1998 as executive vice president for
the Engineered Products business, Ms. Hagen was executive vice
president, Distribution and Industrial Products for Alumax.
» A. Hamish Petrie, 53, is elected vice president and global director,
Human Resources. Mr. Petrie's most recent position was global director,
Human Resources. Mr. Petrie has served in a variety of production,
human resources, marketing and sales, and other senior management
positions at several of Alcoa's Australian operations before moving to
the U.S. as president of Alcoa World Alumina’s chemicals business.
» Bernt Reitan, 53, was elected vice president, Alcoa and president,
Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals. Mr. Reitan's most recent position
was president, Alcoa World Chemicals. Before joining Alcoa in 2000, Mr.
Reitan, a native of Norway, held senior management positions with Elkem
ASA in Norway over a 20-year period.
Other executive changes:
» William F. Christopher, 47, is appointed to the new position of
executive vice president for Alcoa Business System, Customer and
Quality. Mr. Christopher’s role has added responsibilities for the
leadership of Alcoa’s customer focused initiatives as well as Alcoa’s
quality processes. Mr. Christopher has held a series of financial,
marketing and business unit management positions, including his most
recent assignment as President of Alcoa Forged Products.
» John W. Collins III, 56, becomes executive vice president, Science and
Technology. In this new position, he will lead the corporate technology
programs and strategic process and product development programs. During
his 32-year Alcoa career, Mr. Collins has been the president of several
Alcoa businesses, including specialty metals, wire, rod and bar,
extrusion and tube, and most recently sheet, plate and foil.
» Richard B. Kelson, 54, executive vice president and chief financial
officer, takes on the additional responsibility for corporate Audit and
Compliance functions including the role as chief compliance officer. Mr.
Kelson has served in several corporate management positions in the
legal, and environment, health and safety organizations. As CFO, he has
accountability for the major financial areas of the company. In
addition, information technology and e-business are also under his
» Paul D. Thomas, 45, is named vice president, Alcoa and president,
Alcoa Mill Products. His most recent position was vice president, Alcoa
and president, North American Extrusions. Mr. Thomas has held several
manufacturing management and business unit president assignments with
Alcoa, including managing director of Alcoa Manufacturing (GB) Ltd.
located in Swansea, Wales.