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Gervais Jacques
Chief Commercial Officer
Rio Tinto Alcan

Gervais Jacques was named Chief Commercial Officer of RTA September 1st, 2013. Previously, he held the position of V.P. Sales and Marketing from May until his nomination as CCO.

From June 2010 until April 2013 Gervais Jacques was Chief Operating Officer of B&A Atlantic Operations, Rio Tinto Alcan. In this position, he was responsible for the Bauxite/Aluminium Assets in Brazil (Alumar, MRN), in Guinea (CBG) and in Vaudreuil, Canada. He was also Chairman of the Board of Halco Mining.

Originally from Thetford Mines, Canada, Mr. Jacques is married to Nancy Jean and is father to three children, Magalie, Charles and Antoine. He graduated from Université Laval with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

In 2004 he was nominated from a select group for a one month mandate in Australia – New Zealand for the Leadership Development Program of the Commonwealth countries for case studies on leadership in the workforce in the various service industries and corporations. In 2012 he completed the Strategic Leadership Program at the London Business School.

Mr. Jacques first joined RTA in 1991 as a chemical engineer. In 1993 he quickly moved to a management role first as Supervisor of Operations then as Superintendant & Manager at the Vaudreuil plant in Jonquière and Beauharnois plant. In 2003 he was named Director, Human Resources for the Primary Metal Group at Alcan Head Office in Montreal.

In 2005 he became Director for Strategic Planning & Development for the Primary Metal Group. February 1, 2007 he was named General Manager for the Vaudreuil Plant for Bauxite & Alumina, Atlantic, a position he held until his appointment as COO B&A Atlantic Operations.

Mr. Jacques is very much involved in his community and acts as Honorary President for different fundraising organizations such as Centraide, the Red Cross and “Partageons notre Noel”. He was also a member of environmental organizations such as ZIP of the upper St-Laurent River region and put in place the NGO Committee at the Vaudreuil Plant.

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