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Alcoa announces leadership transition

William F. Oplinger was elected President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcoa Corporation and also a member of the Board of Directors.

William F. Oplinger is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcoa Corporation

He succeeds Roy C. Harvey who will serve as Strategic Advisor to the CEO until the end of the year. 

Oplinger, 56, has served as Alcoa’s chief operations officer since February 2023 and was head of Finance from November 2016 to February 2023. Harvey had served as the company’s CEO since November 2016 and as president since May 2017. The transition of the president and CEO roles reflects the Alcoa’s succession planning process.

Oplinger has led Alcoa since 2016 

“Roy has guided Alcoa since its launch as a public company in November 2016, helping to transform Alcoa into the stronger and more resilient company that it is today,” said Steven Williams, the company’s non-executive chairman of the board. “On behalf of the entire board of directors, we extend our sincerest gratitude to Roy for his service and his lasting contributions to Alcoa.” Williams continued: “Our board believes Bill’s extensive experience with Alcoa makes him well-positioned to carry the company forward.”

Creating value for a long-term vision 

“I am extremely honoured to lead a company with such a rich legacy and build upon the progress we’ve made over these past several years,” Oplinger said. “We’ve strengthened our company and we will be focused on executing on our strategies to create value today while we work on our long-term vision to reinvent the aluminium industry for a sustainable future.”

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