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Meet Klaus Kleinfeld

February 24, 2011

GERMANY/ On March 1, Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld sits down with Global Editor-at-large Chrystia Freeland as part of our Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event “Thriving in the New Global Economy.”

Kleinfeld, 53, was born in Bremen, Germany. He studied at the University of Goettingen, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration, and the University of Wuerzburg, where he gained a PhD in strategic management.

Before joining Alcoa in 2007, Kleinfeld had a 20-year career with the global electronics and industrial conglomerate Siemens. From January to December of 2000 he served as COO of Siemens’ U.S. subsidiary, Siemens Corporation. From 2002-2004 he held the position of President and CEO of Siemens Corporation. From 2004 to January 2005, Kleinfeld sat on the Managing Board of Siemens AG, and from January 2005 to June 2007, he served as CEO of Siemens AG.

In October 2007, Kleinfeld joined Alcoa as President and COO, a position which he held until May 2008. Since that time, he has served as the company’s President and CEO. In April 2010, he was elected company Chairman. He is also currently the only management representative on Alcoa’s board.

In addition to his position at Alcoa, Kleinfeld is a former Citigroup board member and a current member of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG. He also sits on the Board of Directors of The Comittee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, serves as Vice Chair of the Partnership For New York City, and sits on the Brookings Institution Board of Trustees. In addition, Kleinfeld is the current Chairman of the U.S.-Russia Business Council. He wrote “Corporate Identity und strategische Unternehmensführung” (Corporate Identity and Strategic Management).

Alcoa was formed in 1888 and is the world’s leading aluminum producer. In 2009, Alcoa reported revenues of $18.4 billion. It currently sits at #630 on the Forbes list of the top 2000 global companies. Alcoa employs about 59,000 people and operates in 31 countries.

When Klaus Kleinfeld sits down with Reuters on March 1, what are you hoping to hear him talk about, and what would you like us to ask him?

Klaus Kleinfeld arrives is seen in Cologne, Germany in this April 27, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

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