NEW YORK—Nicholas Ashooh, most recently senior vice president of communications at troubled financial services giant American International Group, is joining Alcoa as vice president, corporate affairs. He will be a member of the Alcoa executive council and have oversight for global communications, government affairs, community relations and the Alcoa Foundation. He succeeds John Bergen, who has been appointed vice president, human resources.
According to Alcoa’s president and chief executive officer Klaus Kleinfeld: “As Alcoa builds on its leadership of the aluminum industry in the coming years, Nick Ashooh has the ideal background and skills to win the trust and support of our many internal and external stakeholders around the world.”
Prior to AIG, Ashooh led communications at American Electric Power, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and Public Service of New Hampshire. His experience in the regional power industry will be important to helping Alcoa address the wide range of energy and environmental issues and opportunities that face the aluminum industry.
Ashooh’s departure from AIG comes days after Anastasia Kelly, vice chairman for legal, human resources, corporate affairs, and corporate communications, announced her departure from the company in protest at the salary restrictions imposed by the government as part of its AIG bailout. Christina Pretto, who joined AIG last year from Citigroup, will be promoted to fill Ashooh’s role.