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November 15, 2001

Kathryn S. Fuller Appointed to Alcoa Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH--November 15, 2001-- Kathryn S. Fuller, 55, president of the World Wildlife Fund U.S. based in Washington, D.C., one of the world's largest and most effective independent organizations dedicated to the conservation of nature, has been appointed to the board of directors of Alcoa.

There are nine directors currently on Alcoa's board, since the retirements of Messrs. Paul O'Neill and Kenneth Dam from the board in 2000 and 2001, respectively, to take government appointments. Ms. Fuller will fill a vacancy on the board immediately.

In making the announcement on the new director, Alcoa Chairman and CEO Alain Belda said, "Alcoa is strongly committed to sustainable development, and Kathryn's work on our board will strengthen our ability to integrate environmental excellence into our decision-making process."

Following is biographical information on Ms. Fuller:

Ms. Fuller has been president of the World Wildlife Fund since 1989. She has been with the organization since 1982, having served in various capacities including executive vice president, general counsel, and director of WWF's public policy and wildlife trade monitoring programs.

Prior to joining WWF, she practiced law with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Land and Natural Resources Division where she headed the Wildlife and Marine Resources Section. During her time with the Department of Justice, Ms. Fuller also worked as an attorney in the office of Legal Counsel, where she prepared Attorney General opinions and provided advice to the President and Executive agencies on constitutional and federal statutory questions.

Earlier in her career, she was a law clerk for Chief Judge John V. Singleton, Jr., for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and had law clerkships for Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood in New York; Vinson & Elkins in Houston, Texas; and the state attorney general for Austin, Texas from 1974-1976.

Ms. Fuller is a member of the board of directors of the Mexican Fund for Nature Conservation, Mexico's highly successful nature conservation trust fund. She serves on the board of trustees at Brown University, The Ford Foundation, and the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation in Nepal. She is a member of the Board of Overseers at Brown University's Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies and the Council on Foreign Relations, and of the District of Columbia Bar and the State of Texas Bar. Ms. Fuller has also been a past member of The World Bank's Advisory Group on Environmentally Sustainable Development, U.S. Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, and International Council of Environmental Law.

Ms. Fuller has been the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees that include an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Brown University. Ms. Fuller is also the author of several articles on wildlife law.

She pursued graduate studies in marine, estuarine and environmental science from the University of Maryland and received a J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1976. She obtained in 1968 a B.A. degree in English and American Literature from Brown University.

Editorial Contact:
Joyce A. Saltzman
Alcoa Inc.
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