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Aluminum Association Elects Three New Board Members During Annual Spring Meeting

April 22, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. - Today, the Aluminum Association announced the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors. The Board provides strategic guidance and direction to the Association in promoting the production and use of aluminum as the sustainable material of choice. The appointments were finalized during the Aluminum Association's annual spring meeting in South Carolina.

The Association elected Kelly Thomas, Senior Vice President and General Manager, North America Rolled Products at Aleris; Michelle O'Neill, Vice President of Government Affairs and Trade Policy for Alcoa; and Étienne Jacques, Chief Operating Officer for Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metal North America, to the Board of Directors.

"Kelly, Michelle and Étienne are all at the top of their field and will provide critical insight and input as the Board guides Association efforts in telling the story of aluminum and its sustainability advantage," said Pat Franc, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tri-Arrows Aluminum and Chairman of the Association's Board of Directors. "We're fortunate to have a diverse range of talents on our Board representing all parts of the industry - these three additions will expand that diversity."

"Our Board is absolutely critical to the work of the Association," said Heidi Brock, President of the Aluminum Association. "Each of these new members will help us to be even more effective in pursuing opportunities to advance the aluminum industry and aluminum's infinite recyclability."

These appointments were approved by the Association's Board of Directors during the Aluminum Association's Spring Meeting at Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, SC. Those interested in learning more about the Association and becoming a member should visit

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The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today's market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate approximately 180 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide. For more information visit, on Twitter @AluminumNews or


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