NEW YORK–Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that Kevin B. Kramer, 49, has been named
to the newly created position of President, Growth Initiatives. In this
role, he is responsible for supporting commercialization strategies for
organic growth across Alcoa, including the commercialization of research
and development initiatives, and identifying and developing new
applications that respond to market trends and customers’ needs. In
addition, he will support the development and execution of global
marketing programs for aluminum applications across existing and new
market opportunities. Mr. Kramer had been President of the Alcoa Wheel
and Transportation Products business, which includes forged wheels and
aluminum transportation structures globally.
“Kevin is the ideal person to lead this growth initiative. He has an
outstanding track record of applying innovation to grow the
transportation business and the initiative to create new market
opportunities,” said Alcoa President and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld.
Under Kramer’s leadership, Alcoa successfully introduced the
Dura-Bright® patented wheels in North America and expanded the use of
aluminum in buses in China through partnership with China’s Yuton Bus
Kramer joined Alcoa in 2004 as president of Alcoa’s cast auto wheels
business, following a successful 21 year career with Goodyear Tire &
Rubber Company. Kramer held a series of progressively significant
marketing and management assignments in Goodyear’s North American tire
business, and Conveyor Belt and Engineered Products Division, before
being named vice president, Original Equipment Sales, North America. He
also held international marketing and sales assignments in the
Asia-Pacific region for Goodyear.
Kramer graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in
business and marketing.