Names William F. Oplinger Chief Operating Officer,
Global Primary Products
Alcoa (NYSE: AA) announced today that William F. (Bill) Oplinger has
been named Chief Operating Officer for Global Primary Products (GPP), effective
December 1. The position has been vacant since Chris Ayers was named Executive
Vice President and Global Primary Products President in May 2011. Oplinger has been Chief Financial Officer for GPP since
Oplinger will focus on day-to-day operations in Alcoa�s Primary
businesses, including bauxite mining and refining and smelting operations,
allowing Ayers to concentrate on strategic developments involving the business
Succeeding Oplinger as Chief
Financial Officer for GPP is Roy Harvey, who is currently Director, Investor
Relations. Harvey has extensive experience with the Primary business, having
served as plant manager at Alcoa�s San Cipri�n,
Spain, smelter and Director of Finance and Business Integration for GPP Europe
prior to becoming Director, Investor Relations.
�Bill is a thorough, disciplined manager and talented
problem-solver,� said Ayers. �He has the drive and business knowledge to get
top performance from our Primary operations as we continually assess the best
strategic options for these businesses.
�I am also pleased to welcome Roy back to GPP. Roy brings
a unique combination of international operating and financial experience to
this assignment that will serve him well as CFO of Alcoa�s Global Primary
Alcoa has aluminum smelters, mines and refineries
throughout the U.S., Latin America, Australia, Iceland, Guinea, Europe, Canada
and soon in Saudi Arabia through its joint venture with Ma�aden,
the Saudi Arabian Mining Company. The Ma�aden-Alcoa
smelter is due to be operational in 2013 and the mine and refinery in 2014.
Biographical information follows:
William F. (Bill) Oplinger
Bill Oplinger joined Alcoa in
2000 as manager of Corporate Analysis in the company�s Finance organization. He
progressed to manager, Financial Analysis & Planning, and then Director of
Investor Relations, based in New York. He joined the Global Primary Products
(GPP) organization as controller and followed that assignment as vice
president, Business Development, working on strategic projects within the
group. He was named CFO for GPP in August 2010. Oplinger
is also a member of the Alcoa Executive Council, the senior leadership group
setting strategic direction for the company.
Earlier in his career, Oplinger
worked at Westinghouse Electric Company in Pittsburgh and Charlotte, North
Carolina, where he served in several engineering, marketing management and
business planning positions including director, Business Planning for
Westinghouse�s Process Control Division.
Oplinger earned a bachelor�s degree in 1989 in Industrial Engineering
and Operations Research from Virginia Tech University and a Master�s of Science
in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998.
Roy Harvey has been Director, Investor Relations since
September 2010, responsible for interfacing with securities analysts and
investors globally on Alcoa�s performance and strategic direction. Prior to
this role, Harvey was Director of Corporate Treasury, where he was instrumental
in developing an extensive enterprise risk management program for the company.
Previously, he was plant manager for the San Cipri�n, Spain, smelter and Director of Finance and
Business Integration for Global Primary Products (GPP) Europe, leading the
finance and casthouse teams. He�s also served as casthouse manager and plant controller in S�o Luis
(Brazil), and a member of GPP�s global casthouse
network, where he developed performance measurement systems and drove casthouse profitability.
Before coming to Alcoa in 2002, Harvey worked with
Greenstone Resources Ltd., a gold mining company based in Central America, as
corporate manager of environmental affairs and operations reporting. He was
based in Panam� City, Panam�, for three years and then Managua, Nicaragua, for
an additional year.
He graduated with honors from The Wharton School of
Business, University of Pennsylvania, simultaneously earning master�s degrees
in International Business and Corporate Finance, and holds a bachelor�s degree
in Mining Engineering from Columbia University. In 2008, Roy was named to the
prestigious Young Leaders Program of the World Economic Forum.
Alcoa is the world�s leading producer of primary and fabricated
aluminum, as well as the world�s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of
alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa
innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive,
packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer
electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions
Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as
well as Alcoa� wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings,
and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of
Alcoa�s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides
to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for
10 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced
since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000
people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found atwww.alcoa.com.