Alcoa boss Alan Cransberg to retire

Alcoa Australia’s President Alan Cransberg will retire after 35 years with the aluminium maker.

The company said in a statement that his position will be taken Michael Parker who himself has clocked up over 20 years of service with Alcoa. The change will take effective on 25 September.

Parker will be responsible for Alcoa's refineries across the globe, including commercial and operational activities, as well as environment, health and safety and the Refining Centre of Excellence.

He will also represent Alcoa in Australia to facilitate growth opportunities and coordinate government affairs, human resources, communications and associations.

Carlsberg (pictured) joined Alcoa in 1980. He has served in numerous domestic and international senior management roles including President of Primary Products – US and North America, and President of Primary Metals Manufacturing before moving back to Australia to assume the role of President of the Australia region.

“Throughout his career, Alan earned the respect of employees who worked with him, as well as community, business and political leaders. His knowledge, charisma and leadership will be sorely missed,” said Bob Wilt, President of Alcoa Global Primary Products.

A successful ex-footballer himself, Cransberg will continue in his role as Chairman of the West Coast Eagles Football Club. He will also be involved in community work.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that white asbestos had been found at Alcoa's Pinjarra refinery in Western Australia.

And earlier this month the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union claimed that seven maintenance workers were exposed to asbestos at a separate Alcoa site in WA – the Kwinana refinery, south of Perth.