Archell to rejoin Alcoa, replace Ashooh as VP

NEW YORK: Hewlett-Packard corporate communications director Libby Archell will return to Alcoa in September to replace Nick Ashooh in the role of VP of corporate affairs as part of a departmental reconfiguration.

NEW YORK: Hewlett-Packard corporate communications director Libby Archell will return to Alcoa in September to replace Nick Ashooh in the role of VP of corporate affairs as part of a departmental reconfiguration.

Ashooh will resign from his post at the aluminum producer after three years. He has not yet picked a new role.

Archell will join Alcoa at the start of September, reporting to Klaus Kleinfeld, chairman and CEO. She will be based in Alcoa's New York office.

In addition to her media relations, reputation, and employee-engagement responsibilities,  Archell will become a member of Alcoa's executive council.

Archell will return to Alcoa, where she most recently worked as director of corporate affairs, after an eight-month stint at HP. She first joined Alcoa in 2005 as a communications adviser in Perth, Australia, and later served as head of communications and employee engagement at the Alcoa Foundation in New York.

Alcoa has announced a reconfiguration of its corporate affairs team internally. As part of the reorganization, responsibility for the Alcoa Foundation will move to human resources and executive communications duties will be placed under the corporate secretary's office. Ashooh confirmed these changes.

"For the aluminum business, it is not a great time, and there have been a lot of changes, so it is a good time for me to make a change,” he said. “Alcoa is a great company with great people in a difficult time.”

Ashooh was previously SVP of communications at AIG, handling communications during the financial crisis of 2008. He said that because of his range of experience and flexibility, he will take a “broad look” for his next role in the industry.

An HP representative said the company does not plan to replace Archell. 

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