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Alcoa promotes execs, targets growth

Keywords: Tags  Alcoa, Klaus Kleinfeld, Kenneth Wisnoski, Kevin McKnight, Mike Barriere, promotion, Kevin Anton, retirement Otto Hiris


CHICAGO — Alcoa Inc. has promoted several executives as it focuses on growth, managing production cuts and sustainability.

Kenneth Wisnoski, president of global primary products, growth, bauxite and Africa, has been named president of Alcoa’s new international project development and asset management group effective immediately, the company said Aug. 26.

The newly created group is composed of three units: engineering and construction, headed by Otto Hiris, vice president of engineering and construction; asset planning and management, led by Mark Stiffler, who becomes vice president of asset planning and management after serving as director; and international project development, led by Wisnoski.

"The new project development and asset management group will play an important role in Alcoa’s growth, developing and constructing new projects and managing the disposition and remediation of curtailed assets," chairman and chief executive officer Klaus Kleinfeld said in a statement.

Wisnoski will continue to oversee the company’s joint venture project with Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Ma’aden), the company said.

Also changing positions is Mike Barriere, formerly the company’s vice president of human resources, who has been promoted to executive vice president of human resources and environment, health and safety effective immediately, Alcoa said. Barriere will report to Kleinfeld, the company said.

Kevin McKnight, director of environment, health and safety, and sustainability, will become chief sustainability officer and vice president of environment, health and safety, reporting to Barriere effective Sept. 1, Alcoa said.

McKnight replaces Kevin Anton, who plans to retire at the end of 2013 after more than 15 years with Alcoa and 30 years in the metals and mining sector, the company said. Anton joined Alcoa in 1998 and has been chief sustainability officer since 2010, the company added.

Alcoa plans to permanently shut a 40,000-tonne-per-year potline at its Massena East plant in Massena, N.Y., and temporarily curtail 124,000 tonnes of annual capacity at its smelters in Brazil in response to lower aluminum prices and premiums (amm.com, Aug. 14). It also plans to permanently close two older potlines at its Baie-Comeau smelter in Quebec and postpone construction of a new potline by three years (amm.com, May 16).

The Pittsburgh aluminum producer aims to cut up to 460,000 tonnes of smelter capacity over the next year in response to low aluminum tags (amm.com, May 1).


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