Alcoa says John Slaven will join as executive vice president and chief strategy officer, effective 4 February.

Slaven will be a member of Alcoa’s executive team and an officer of the company, reporting to president and CEO, Roy Harvey. Slaven will be responsible for supporting Alcoa’s overall strategy and will oversee the corporate and business development functions, global supply chain, and energy development.

“John has extensive experience in the metals and mining business, including global experience in several commodities and industry sectors across the full aluminium value chain,” said Harvey.

“His experience spans from early stage exploration through project development and operations, to sales and marketing and end users, which will be an important asset to our company as we continue to pursue our priorities and multi-year capital allocation framework.”

Before joining Alcoa, Slaven served for 13 years as a partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He most recently led BCG’s practices for North American Metals and Mining and Infrastructure and Public Transport.

Prior to BCG, Slaven worked for nine years at BHP Billiton, where he held senior strategy and business development roles in both Perth and Singapore in Iron Ore, Minerals Exploration, and aluminium, manganese and nickel business units.

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From 2002 through early 2006, Slaven worked for Alcoa, where he implemented its Asia growth strategy and the turnaround of its Latin America business.

He also led Alcoa’s sales and marketing growth in Asia before returning to New York to lead corporate strategy, financial planning and analysis functions.