Chris Ayers Elected Executive Vice President of Alcoa
Ayers had been Chief Operating Officer, Cast, Forged and Extruded Products within Alcoa’s Engineered Products and Solutions business. In this role, he was responsible for the Alcoa Forging and Extrusions, Alcoa Power and Propulsion and the Alcoa Oil and Gas businesses.
In his new role, Ayers will work to leverage Alcoa Global Primary Products strategic advantages across the regions in which it operates, uniting the strengths of the Company’s technical and operating teams to set new standards in world class performance. He will report to John Thuestad, Executive Vice President of Alcoa and Group President of Alcoa Global Primary Products.
Alcoa operates 23 aluminum smelters around the globe, nine alumina refineries and has bauxite assets in Australia, Brazil, Jamaica, Suriname and Guinea. Alcoa’s global aluminum smelting capacity totals 4,5 Mt/a, and its global alumina capacity totals more than 18 Mt/a.
Ayers joined Alcoa in February 2010 as Chief Operating Officer, Alcoa Cast, Forged and Extruded Products, a new position. Ayers is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in aerospace engineering. He obtained an MBA degree from the University of Connecticut.