Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that Monica Orbe has been promoted to Director, Corporate Affairs effective January 1, 2013. Orbe is responsible for external communications and media relations; crisis communications; brand, advertising, social and digital media; and communications matters that impact Alcoa's corporate reputation. She succeeds Libby Archell, who is leaving Alcoa to take a position at another company.
Orbe most recently was Director, Communications for Alcoa's Engineered Products and Solutions (EPS) business, which includes the following groups: Alcoa Power and Propulsion, Alcoa Fastening Systems, Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, and Building and Construction Systems. The EPS business had 2011 revenues of $5.4 billion and employs approximately 22,000 people in 17 countries.
"Since joining Alcoa last May Monica has demonstrated strategic communications leadership and has rapidly gained deep knowledge of Alcoa’s businesses," said Nick Ashooh, Alcoa Vice President, Corporate Affairs. "In her new role she will be able to make even broader contributions to Alcoa’s success."
Before coming to Alcoa, Orbe was a Vice President, Global Communications at Lazard, a financial advisory and asset management firm. Earlier, she served as a Director of Communications for Bear Stearns in New York. Orbe also has worked at cable network CNBC and CNBC.com, where she co-created and produced "Power Lunch." She started her career with ABC News in New York, following graduation from New York University, where she studied Journalism and Spanish Literature.
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 120 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 31 countries across the world. For more information, visit
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