NEW YORK—Alcoa has named Libby Archell vice president of corporate affairs, reporting to Klaus Kleinfeld, chairman and CEO, and serving as a member of Alcoa's executive council. She will have responsibility for communications activities that impact Alcoa's reputation, relationships with the media and employee engagement.

Archell succeeds Nick Ashooh, who is resigning from Alcoa to pursue another opportunity.

Archell is currently director of corporate communications at Hewlett-Packard. She previously worked at Alcoa as director of corporate affairs, managing global media relations and financial and crisis communications. She joined the company in 2005 as a communications advisor in Perth, Western Australia, and later served as head of communications and employee engagement at the Alcoa Foundation in New York.

Before joining Alcoa, Archell consulted on media relations and crisis communication to major resource companies while at Media Monitors, a media intelligence company.