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Alcoa Names Paula Davis President, Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa has named Paula Davis President of the Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., effective May 10.

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She succeeds Meg McDonald, who resigned earlier this year to return to her native Australia. Alcoa Foundation plays a significant role in strengthening sustainability in Alcoa communities worldwide, investing over $515 million since 1952. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers, who in 2009 gave over 650,000 service hours.

Ms. Davis comes to Alcoa Foundation from The Pepsi Bottling Group, where her responsibilities as Vice President, Corporate Communications included overseeing the PBG Foundation as well as leading the company’s external, internal, executive and customer programs.

“Paula brings to Alcoa a broad communications background and foundation experience in a related industry,“ said Nick Ashooh, Alcoa Vice President, Corporate Affairs. “She also shares Alcoa’s commitment to sustainable business practices, one of the company’s core values. With her talent and enthusiasm, we are confident she will lead Alcoa Foundation to even greater success in addressing both local community development goals and broader global sustainability challenges.”

Ms. Davis has also held senior positions with Siemens USA where she was Executive Officer and Senior Director of Siemens’ Corporate Communications and Relationship Marketing programs. Her responsibilities included managing the company’s marketing and communications programs to build the Siemens brand and stimulate new business, including overseeing Siemens’ long-standing alliance with Disney Parks and Resorts. While at Siemens, she also held positions in media and public relations. Ms. Davis’ earlier experience includes strategic internal and media relations for, an online sports e-tailer, Arthur Andersen, Sears, Roebuck and Company, and Sara Lee Corporation.

Ms. Davis holds an MBA in marketing and organizational behavior from the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology from the University of Michigan.
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