B. Michael Baltzell (Mike) Baltzell retired from Alcoa in September of 2005 after more than 34 years of service in the Aluminium Industry from the position of President Primary Growth for Alcoa to which he was appointed in December 2001. In that position he was responsible for developing organic growth opportunities in the Primary Group from initiation through start up. In that role he developed and staffed the Growth Organization and was the Lead Negotiator for the Alcoa Fjardaal Aluminium Smelter in Eastern Iceland. Prior to his current position he was President, Alcoa World Alumina - Australia and Managing Director, Alcoa of Australia in from December 1998 and was stationed in Perth, Australia. He joined Alcoa in July 1998 following Alcoa’s acquisition of Alumax Inc. as executive vice president, Manufacturing for the Primary Metals business unit. Prior to joining Alcoa, Mike was president of Alumax Primary Aluminum Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alumax Inc.
After retirement, Mike consulted exclusively with Alcoa in the areas of Smelting Technology, Raw Material Supply Strategy, and due diligence for smelters until September 2007. He has extensive experience in China.
Mike is currently President of Baltzell Management Consulting, LLC and has consulted for a Chinese company selling technology into the United States. In additon he has provided consulting assistance to a Saudi Arabian Company building and Aluminum Complex in Saudi Arabia.
Mike began his career in 1971 as an industrial engineer with the Eastalco Aluminum Company, then owned by Howmet Corporation located in Frederick, Maryland. He became production services superintendent in 1977 and potline superintendent in 1981. In 1987, Mike was named senior vice president and general manager of Eastalco. He was elected president of Alumax Primary Aluminum Corporation in 1994, which was located in Norcross, Georgia.
Mike was born April 29, 1949 in Thurmont, Maryland. He received his bachelor of engineering science degree in operations research and industrial engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1971 and a Master of Science degree in operations research from George Washington University in 1976. Mike also conducted postgraduate studies at Hood College and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Executive Program.
May 1997 Graduate of the University of Michigan’s Executive Education Program
1978 - 79 Completed nine credit hours of graduate work in Management and Accounting at Hood College, Frederick, Maryland
1976 Masters of Science in Operations Research from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
1971 B.E.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland