Lightweight metals leader Alcoa appoints three new board directors


Alcoa announced on Monday the appointment of three industry executives to its Board of Directors – Ulrich “Rick” Schmidt, John C. Plant and Sean O. Mahoney, all of which are industry veterans with extensive and valuable experience in the aerospace and automotive industries.

Image credit: Alcoa Twitter page
Image credit: Alcoa Twitter page

The company said that the new appointees will further strengthen the company as it prepares to separate into two independent companies in the second half of 2016.

Mr Schmidt is a former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Spirit Aerosystems Holdings; Mr Plant was president and Chief Executive Officer of TRW Automotive and Mr Mahoney is a private investor that currently serves on the Boards of Delphi Automotive, Cooper-Standard Holdings and Formula One Holdings.

“We are pleased to welcome Rick, John, and Sean to the Alcoa Board,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“As we prepare to separate into two strong companies, we have been actively working to ensure each has a world-class Board of Directors focused on creating shareholder value. Each of our new directors is a high calibre executive with a proven track record of success, and each brings valuable skills highly relevant to the markets we serve, including aerospace and automotive. We look forward to drawing on their expertise as we launch two independent companies positioned for success.”

Dave Miller, Senior Portfolio Manager at Elliott Management said that Alcoa is on the right track and is taking the right steps as it moves forward with its separation.

“This is a pivotal moment for Alcoa and represents an opportunity to create substantial value for shareholders. We are pleased to have worked constructively with Alcoa and believe that Rick, John and Sean bring relevant experience to the Alcoa Board and the future Value-Add Co,” added Mr Miller.

The decision for the separation was revealed about four months ago, when Alcoa said that it will split its global operations into two independent companies – one focused on specialist manufacturing operations, the other on mining operations.

One of the companies will retain the name Alcoa and will consist of Alcoa’s upstream mining projects, including its bauxite, alumina, aluminium, casting and energy assets. This company will include 64 facilities with 17,000 employees worldwide and is set to be the fourth largest aluminium producer in the world.

The second company will be focused on specialist manufacturing operations with 157 operating locations and around 43,000 employees worldwide. This company will be named after the separation and will focus on fast-growing markets such as the aerospace industry supplying rolled and engineering products for aircraft and jet engine manufacturing.