A key individual behind the development of the $10.8bn aluminium complex at Ras al-Zour
Position: President and CEO
Biography: Klaus Kleinfeld has been on the board of directors at US’ Alcoa since 2003, but only became president and CEO in 2008 after around 12 months in the role of chief operating officer.
Prior to joining Alcoa, Kleinfeld spent 20 years at Germany’s Siemens, where he started off as a junior executive in the corporate sales and marketing department and ended up as CEO, a role he held from 2005-07.
Before that, he worked for Switzerland’s Ciba-Geigy in Basel, where he was a product manager in the pharmaceutical division. Kleinfeld has a business administration degree from Georg-August University in Gottingen, Germany and a doctorate in strategic management from the University of Wurzburg.
Kleinfeld is also chairman of the US-Russia Business Council and a director of German petrochemicals giant Bayer. Alcoa is the minority shareholder in Maaden’s Ras al-Zour aluminium project.
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