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Alcoa Names Chief Sustainability Officer

August 27, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Alcoa, the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum has announced that Kevin J. Anton has been named chief sustainability officer, responsible for developing a comprehensive strategy that integrates all of the company’s sustainability efforts.

Anton, who has led the Alcoa Sustainability Steering Committee for the past year, comes to his new role after serving as vice-president of finance and strategy for Alcoa Global Primary Products. He will remain a vice-president of Alcoa and a member of the company’s Executive Council.

“The environmental benefits of aluminum, such as light weighting and recyclability of our ‘miracle metal,’ present tremendous opportunities for the aluminum industry,” says Alcoa chairman and chief executive officer Klaus Kleinfeld. “Alcoa is in a unique position to take a proactive sustainability approach and turn it into a competitive advantage. No one is more qualified than Kevin Anton to ensure that Alcoa capitalizes on those opportunities.”

Anton, who joined Alcoa in 1998, has worked for more than 30 years in the metals and mining industry and is the immediate past chairman of the U.S. Aluminum Association. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing a sustainability strategy and action plan that coordinates the efforts of government affairs, environment, health and safety and Alcoa Technical Center, as well as Alcoa’s marketing, communications and philanthropic efforts.

“Our vision is to make sustainability a prime driver of our business and a compelling part of the Alcoa brand,” Kleinfeld states.

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