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Alcan Names CEO

Posted: November 7, 2006
Alcan Inc.'s board of directors has approved the appointment of Ilene Gordon as a senior vice president of Alcan Inc. and president and CEO of Alcan Packaging. Gordon, who currently serves as president of Alcan’s Food Packaging Americas sector, succeeds Christel Bories, who was recently appointed president and CEO of Alcan Engineered Products. Both appointments take effect December 1, 2006.

“Ilene’s appointment further highlights the depth of Alcan’s management talent and the effectiveness of Alcan’s succession planning process,” said Dick Evans, president and CEO, Alcan Inc. “Ilene is well equipped to assume her new responsibilities and to lead the company’s strategy of profitably growing Alcan’s Packaging group. Her extensive experience and understanding of both the company and the packaging industry will serve her well in her new role.”

“I look forward to continuing to implement Alcan Packaging’s growth strategy of selectively investing in markets in which it has leading positions," said Gordon. "Alcan Packaging will remain dedicated to meeting its customers’ expanding and evolving needs with innovative packaging solutions through its network of global centers of excellence.”

Gordon will be succeeded in her present role by Mike Schmitt, currently president of Alcan’s food and specialty flexibles packaging business for the Americas.

Gordon joined Alcan through the 2003 combination with Pechiney. Prior to Pechiney’s integration within Alcan, Gordon was president of Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Inc., a global leader in flexible and rigid packaging, and senior vice president of Pechiney Group from 1999 to 2004.