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Alcoa announced leadership change

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New York, N.Y., USA - December 9, 2010, New York, N.Y., USA - Alcoa, a producer of primary aluminum, announced that Olivier Jarrault, COO of Alcoa Engineered Products and Building Systems, has been named president of Alcoa Engineered Products and Solutions, succeeding William F. Christopher who will retire.

In his new role, Mr. Jarrault will have overall responsibility strategically and operationally for EPS' six business units: Alcoa Fastening Systems, Alcoa Power and Propulsion, Alcoa Building and Construction Systems, Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, and Alcoa Oil and Gas.

Mr. Jarrault will become a member of Alcoa’s Executive Council, the senior leadership group that sets strategic direction for the company. He will assume his new position effective January 1, 2011.

Mr. Jarrault joined Alcoa in 2002 when the company acquired Fairchild Fasteners from The Fairchild Corporation, where he was Chief Operating Officer. He was named President of Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS), a premier supplier of joining systems under the Huck and Fairchild brands for aerospace and commercial customers worldwide. He was elected a Vice President of Alcoa in November 2006.

In February 2010, Mr. Jarrault was named to the new position of Chief Operating Officer, Alcoa Engineered Products and Building Systems, where he leads the Alcoa Fastening Systems, Alcoa Wheels and Transportation Products, and Building and Construction Systems businesses.

Early in his career, Mr. Jarrault worked for LISI Aerospace, a manufacturer of fastening solutions, in executive positions in North America and Europe. He earned a master of science in mechanical engineering from California Institute of Technology in 1986 and, in 1998, an MBA degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

From January 1 until his retirement on April 1, 2011, Mr. Christopher will serve as Chairman’s Counsel. In this role, he will continue guiding the Alcoa Growth Initiatives team, remain a member of the company’s Technology Advantage Steering Council, and help develop a new Alcoa Advanced Leadership Program.

Mr. Christopher joined Alcoa in 1975 in the Finance organization in Pittsburgh, following graduation from Penn State University. He was named President of Alcoa Forged Products, the Cleveland-based forgings and castings business, in 1996. In October of 2002 he was named President of Alcoa’s Aerospace and Commercial Transportation Group.

A year later, Mr. Christopher's role was expanded to include Alcoa’s automotive businesses and then progressed to Group President for Alcoa Engineered Products and Solutions. Mr. Christopher was elected a Vice President of Alcoa in 1999 and an Executive Vice President in 2001.


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