Nick Ashooh, 2012 Corporate Mentor

Global Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Alcoa Inc.

Nicholas (Nick) Ashooh joined Alcoa in January 2010 as Global Vice President, Corporate Affairs, responsible for all internal and external communications, community relations and marketing communications and branding. In addition, he provides oversight to the Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in America. Nick is also a member of Alcoa’s Executive Council, the senior leadership group that sets strategy for the company.


Before joining Alcoa, Nick was Senior Vice President of Communications at American International Group where he directed internal and external communications for one of the world’s largest insurance organizations throughout the global financial crisis.


Prior to AIG, he held executive communications positions over a 28-year career in the electric utility industry. At Public Service of New Hampshire, he coordinated internal and external communications, government affairs and investor relations during the construction and licensing of the controversial Seabrook nuclear power plant, and during PSNH’s Chapter 11 reorganization. At Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. in Syracuse, NY, he led communications strategy in support of NiMo’s restructuring of onerous, government-mandated independent power contracts. At American Electric Power in Columbus, OH, he led communications during the company’s merger with Central & Southwest Corp., and assumed overall responsibility for communications for the merged entity, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States.


Nick also served as Vice President, Corporate Communications for Paramount Communications Inc., a global entertainment and publishing company with properties that included Paramount Pictures, Simon & Schuster, Prentice Hall, Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks basketball team and the New York Rangers hockey team.


Nick is past chairman of The Seminar and The Wisemen, two of the oldest organizations for senior communications professionals. He is a trustee and member of the executive committee of the Arthur Page Society and a member of the Civilian Public Affairs Advisory Committee of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Corporate Communications Institute at Baruch College in New York.


Nick earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with honors from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was the recipient of the Father Danihy Testimonial Award. Marquette also named him “Communicator of the Year” in 2001. In 1998 he won the Arthur Page Society’s National Award for Outstanding Achievement, and on November 10th he will be inducted into the Catholic High Schools Hall of Fame in Manchester, NH, his hometown.


Grants & Awards


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