Bimal Kalvani Named President of Alcoa Flexible Packaging


PITTSBURGH & RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 1, 2005--Alcoa (NYSE:AA - News) announced today that Bimal Kalvani, 42, has joined the company as president of its Alcoa Flexible Packaging business. Mr. Kalvani comes to Alcoa with 20 years of experience working in the consumer and industrial packaging industry. He succeeds Elizabeth (Liz) Fessenden. Alcoa Flexible Packaging is an industry leader in the production and conversion of flexible packaging and thermoformed packaging used in various markets, including pharmaceutical, tobacco, food and beverage, retail, medical and industrial.

On making the announcement, Ruth Mack, Vice President Alcoa and Group President, Packaging and Consumer Products, said: "Bimal brings extensive packaging management experience to Alcoa that will help foster our growth and business strategies in the flexible packaging market."

Before joining Alcoa, Mr. Kalvani honed his skills in several executive leadership positions with major packaging organizations involving manufacturing and acquisitions strategy, and planning and analysis. Most recently, he served as vice president, Mergers & Acquisitions and Operations Strategy for Berry Plastics, Inc. of Alsip, Illinois, a leading manufacturer and marketer of injection-molded and thermoformed plastic packaging. Prior to Berry Plastics buying Landis Plastics in 2003, Mr. Kalvani served in several senior executive management positions with Landis. Mr. Kalvani also held vice president leadership roles in manufacturing and planning and analysis with Packaging Resources, Inc., a food packaging business located in Lake Forest, Illinois, and while with Tetra Pak, Flexible Packaging Systems, he worked as director, Converting in its Lincolnshire, Illinois location. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kalvani held research and process engineering assignments with Pactiv and Avery Dennison Corporation.

Mr. Kalvani has a chemical engineering degree from the University of Baroda in India and obtained an MBA degree from the University of Chicago in 1995. He also has a master's degree in polymer engineering, which he received from the University of Akron in 1991. Mr. Kalvani will be based in Richmond, Virginia.

About Alcoa Flexible Packaging

Alcoa Flexible Packaging, based in Richmond, Virginia, manufactures a variety of packaging materials including extrusion and adhesive laminated pouch materials, overwraps and linerstock, blister lidding foil, thermoformed trays, cable wrap, plastic shrink sleeve body labels, and shrink film. These packaging materials serve the world's leading consumer products manufacturers within the pharmaceutical, medical, food & beverage, and industrial markets.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses as a single solution to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap® aluminum foil, Alcoa® wheels, and Baco® household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 131,000 employees in 43 countries.