Janne Sigurdsson, Managing Director of Alcoa Iceland, Wins Gold Stevie® Award for Women in Business

November 28, 2012

Honored as Female Executive of the Year in Europe, Middle East and Africa

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that Janne Sigurdsson, Managing Director of Alcoa Iceland, has been named the gold Stevie Award winner for Female Executive of the Year in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the 9th annual awards ceremony held recently in New York. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run.

Sigurdsson was recognized for her achievements in helping to build, strengthen and expand Alcoa’s new and technically advanced Fjardaál aluminum smelter.

“During her six years at the facility, Janne has led significant business transformation initiatives, helped to create a culture of safety, and achieved high employee engagement by encouraging volunteerism and by actively participating in enhancing the East Iceland community,” said Tomas Sigurdsson, President, European Region and Alcoa Global Primary Products Europe (no relation).

“I feel fortunate that I have had the opportunity to participate in the birth and early years of the smelter and bring it to the place where it is now. The community has stood behind us and supported Alcoa Fjardaál through these years,” said Janne Sigurdsson. “It is an honor to be recognized as the Female Executive of the Year in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

Stevie gold, silver and bronze award winners were selected by more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process this year.

“This year’s Stevie Award-winning women are the most accomplished, impressive group we’ve ever had. Their stories of success will be an inspiration to women around the globe who dream of starting and growing a business and making a difference in the world,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

About Alcoa

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 11 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. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at twitter.com/Alcoa.

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

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