Alcoa Announces Promotions

August 26, 2013

Changes Strengthen Environment, Health and Safety; Business Development and Asset Management Initiatives Worldwide

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced promotions that will extend Alcoa’s
leadership in the area of environment, health and safety, and enhance
the company’s business development and asset management capabilities

  • Mike Barriere, Vice President, Human Resources, was promoted to
    Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Environment, Health and
    Safety (EHS). He will have oversight of the newly combined Human
    Resources and EHS group. He will continue to report to Alcoa Chairman
    and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld and to be a member of Alcoa’s Executive
    Council, the senior leadership team that sets corporate policy. His
    appointment is effective immediately.
  • Kevin McKnight, Director, EHS & Sustainability, will become
    Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of EHS, reporting to
    Barriere effective Sept. 1, 2013. McKnight succeeds Kevin Anton who
    plans to retire at year-end after more than 30 years in the metals and
    mining industry, including 15 with Alcoa.
  • Kenneth Wisnoski, President of Global Primary Products –
    Growth, Bauxite and Africa, was promoted to President of the newly
    created International Project Development and Asset Management group,
    effective immediately. Wisnoski will coordinate capital-intensive
    growth and asset management projects across Alcoa’s worldwide
    businesses and be a member of Alcoa’s Executive Council. The group
    comprises three units: Engineering and Construction, led by Otto
    , Vice President of Engineering and Construction; Asset
    Planning and Management, led by Mark Stiffler, who was promoted
    from Director to Vice President of Asset Planning and Management; and
    International Project Development, led by Wisnoski, who will continue
    to lead the Ma’aden-Alcoa joint venture construction project.

“By linking Alcoa’s health and safety initiatives with our Human
Resources’ responsibility for employee wellness, medical benefits and
training, we have strengthened Alcoa’s ability to ensure the welfare of
our employees,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer. “The new project development and asset management group will
play an important role in Alcoa’s growth, developing and constructing
new projects and managing the disposition and remediation of curtailed

“We have great confidence that the newly-promoted leaders of these
organizations will have a profound and lasting impact on Alcoa’s growth
and profitability,” Kleinfeld said. “And we thank Kevin Anton for his
many contributions to our Primary business and for helping Alcoa set the
standard in sustainability.”

Biographical Information

Mike Barriere joined Alcoa as Chief Talent Officer in 2011 and
was promoted to head of Human Resources in 2012. Prior to Alcoa, he held
senior HR positions at New York Life Insurance and Citigroup. Earlier in
his career, he served as a system design engineer for Grumman Aerospace
Corporation and a research scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory
in its Human Factors and Performance Analysis Group. His work at
Brookhaven and his PhD in industrial psychology from Hofstra University
in New York both focused on human performance, safety culture and human
error reduction in industrial environments. He also earned an MBA from
the Wharton Business School at University of Pennsylvania and a
bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from Hofstra.

In his 30-year Alcoa career, Kevin McKnight has had a track
record of success in a variety of assignments that prepare him well to
become Chief Sustainability Officer. After joining Alcoa as an attorney
focused on environmental and commercial litigation, he has had key roles
in product safety, environmental remediation, procurement and business
services. In 1998, McKnight led Alcoa’s European Business Support
Services, bringing together Financial Accounting, Credit and Treasury,
Procurement, EHS and People Services. Since joining the EHS
organization, McKnight has built Alcoa’s reputation as a best-in-class
company in sustainability and has been responsible for assembling the
documentation for Alcoa’s continuous recognition by the Dow Jones
Sustainability Index and other external organizations. McKnight
graduated from The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania,
with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a major in Finance. He
received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law

Kevin Anton has been Chief Sustainability Officer for Alcoa since
2010. Anton joined Alcoa in 1998 through Alcoa’s acquisition of Alumax,
and has worked more than 30 years in the metals and mining industry.
Since joining Alcoa, Anton has served as Vice President, Finance and
Strategy for Alcoa Global Primary Products; President of Alcoa Materials
Management; Vice President, Finance for Alcoa’s Primary Products
organization and Vice President of Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals.

Kenneth Wisnoski joined Alcoa in 2005 as Vice President, Global
Primary Products Growth, a role that shortly thereafter expanded to
include oversight of growth and development opportunities in energy,
smelting, refining and mining, and responsibility for the company’s
operations in Africa. He was named President of Global Primary Products
– Growth, Bauxite and Africa in 2008 and since 2010 has been leading
development and construction of the Ma’aden partnership to create what
will be the world’s largest fully integrated aluminum complex in Saudi
Arabia. Prior to Alcoa, Wisnoski was President, Europe and Africa, for
natural gas producer El Paso Corporation. He also held a variety of
project management and leadership positions at Brown & Root, an
international engineering and construction contractor. He graduated from
the University of Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology,
completed post-graduate studies at Angelicum University in Italy, and
earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

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 125 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 30
countries across the world. For more information, visit
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