Nicholas Ashooh Joins Alcoa as Vice President of Corporate Affairs

January 4, 2010

NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that Nicholas Ashooh, Senior Vice President of Communications at American International Group will join Alcoa on January 18, 2010 as Vice President, Corporate Affairs. He will be a member of the Alcoa Executive Council and have oversight for global communications, government affairs, community relations and the Alcoa Foundation. Mr. Ashooh succeeds John D. Bergen, who has been appointed Vice President, Human Resources.

Alcoa’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Klaus Kleinfeld, said: “As Alcoa builds on its leadership of the aluminum industry in the coming years, Nick Ashooh has the ideal background and skills to win the trust and support of our many internal and external stakeholders around the world. A seasoned communications professional with a proven track record in good times and bad, Nick embodies Alcoa’s strong values and growth culture. We expect him to have a long and successful career at Alcoa.”

Prior to AIG, Mr. Ashooh led communications at American Electric Power, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and Public Service of New Hampshire. His extensive experience in the regional power industry will be important to helping Alcoa address the wide range of energy and environmental issues and opportunities that face the aluminum industry.

Mr. Ashooh is past chairman of The Seminar, one of the most prestigious organizations for senior communications professionals. He is also a member and former director of the Arthur Page Society; and a member of the Civilian Public Affairs Advisory Committee of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

A graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, Mr. Ashooh earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (Cum Laude).

Alcoa is the world leader in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its active and growing participation in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems. The Company has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years. Alcoa employs approximately 63,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at

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