NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE: AA) announced today that Michelle O’Neill will join Alcoa as Vice President, Government Affairs and Trade Policy, effective August 20, 2012. O’Neill will be Alcoa’s top government liaison executive in Washington and will lead the Company’s federal and state government affairs activities. She will also have responsibility for international trade policy supporting Alcoa’s businesses across a wide range of geographies.
“We are thrilled to have someone of Michelle’s caliber represent Alcoa’s interests in the US and abroad,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and CEO. “For the past 25 years, she has consistently been recognized as one of this country’s top civil servants and we look forward to her continued success at Alcoa.”
Since 2005, O’Neill served as Deputy Under-Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, overseeing the daily operations of the International Trade Administration (ITA), whose mandate is to promote the competitiveness of U.S. businesses at home and abroad. In this capacity she managed an annual budget of $500 million and led over 2,200 employees worldwide. Over the course of her ITA career, O'Neill served in every major operating unit of the organization, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Technology Industries where she established the U.S. Government's first Office of Electronic Commerce, and Commercial Attaché to the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.
Throughout her career, O’Neill has been active on critical trade and commercial issues affecting the U.S. economy, ranging from addressing market access barriers for U.S. firms in China, Russia and Europe to helping companies across the country expand their export markets. She has received numerous awards and recognitions.
“Having worked with Michelle for nearly two decades, I know she will be instrumental in helping grow the role Alcoa plays in strengthening the U.S. economy and enhancing the sustainability of products around the world. Michelle brings to Alcoa an exceptional depth of understanding and experience in international politics and trade,” said Daniel Cruise, Alcoa’s Global Vice President of Public and Government Affairs.
O’Neill earned her bachelor’s degree from Sweet Briar College and her Master’s from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
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.