NEW YORK–Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that Mike Barriere has been promoted to
Vice President, Human Resources effective May 1. He succeeds Jack
Bergen, who will become Vice President, Corporate Projects. Barriere
will also become a member of the Alcoa Executive Council, the senior
leadership team that sets corporate strategic direction. Alcoa has
61,000 employees in 31 countries.
“With a 20-year track record of success as an HR professional, Mike has
the ideal experience and qualifications to advance our human resources
organization and develop talent as a solid Alcoa advantage,” said Alcoa
Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld.
Bergen, in his new role, will serve in a variety of assignments to
strengthen coordination and collaboration among Alcoa’s business units
and staff groups. He will also have a key role in developing and
teaching leadership programs for various levels of the organization,
including senior executive coaching.
“Jack has an extraordinary combination of corporate and leadership
experience that will help our drive to succeed as a high-performing
company,” Kleinfeld said.
Mike Barriere joined Alcoa as Chief Talent Officer in 2011, having
oversight for talent development, performance management, leadership
training, succession planning and employee engagement. Prior to coming
to Alcoa, he was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at New York
Life Insurance. While there, he established HR centers of expertise in
Talent Management, Recruiting, Diversity and Compensation. Prior to NY
Life, he led a global HR team at Citigroup that included HR business
partner, compensation, strategy, talent and leadership development
functions for the bank’s businesses in Asia, Europe, Latin America and
the U.S. Earlier in his career, Barriere was a system design engineer
for Grumman Aerospace Corporation and a research scientist at Brookhaven
National Laboratory in its Human Factors & Performance Analysis Group.
Barriere has a PhD in industrial psychology from Hofstra University in
New York, with a focus on employee engagement and leadership, and an MBA
from the Wharton Business School at University of Pennsylvania. He
earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from Hofstra.
Jack Bergen is a seasoned HR and Communications professional, having
served in senior management positions with several corporations
including Siemens, CBS, Westinghouse and GE. He was also CEO of GCI
Group, an international public relations and government affairs firm
with operations in 24 countries.
Bergen joined Alcoa in 2008 responsible for global external and internal
communications, government affairs and e-business for the Company, as
well as oversight to the Alcoa Foundation. In 2010, he became vice
president, Human Resources overseeing HR functions across the globe in
the 31 countries where Alcoa has a presence.
He has served as a strategic planner in the Pentagon and as chief
speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger during the Reagan
Administration. Bergen graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West
Point with a degree in Engineering and later received a Master’s degree
in English from Indiana University. A Vietnam veteran, Bergen led
military units in Europe and Korea and was an Army Ranger and
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated
aluminum and 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 ten consecutive years and approximately
75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.