Bernt Reitan

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Norwegian national Bernt Reitan is a long serving director, consultant and executive with aluminium company Alcoa, serving as Executive Vice President from 2004 to 2010. He was a director of aluminium company Elkem from 1988 to 2000. He is also a director of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, Yara International ASA, International Primary Aluminum Institute and Renewable Energy Corporation ASA and is a former board member of the European Aluminium Association[1]

Directorships and affiliations as of feb 2012


Bernt Reitan. Photo taken at the groundbreaking event of Alcoa Fjardaál in 2004. Bernt Reitan (center) with Valgerdur Sverrisdóttir (left), who was then Minister of Industry, and Gudmundur Bjarnason, who was Mayor of Fjardabyggd. From Alcoa in Iceland website


Bernt Reitan has been involved in the development of Iceland's Elkem plant (serving as Senior Vice President of Materials and Technology and Managing Director of Elkem Aluminium between 1988 and 2000 while the plant was being expanded)[4], and subsequently in the Alcoa Fjardaál smelter, Alcoa's poster-child greenfield project, completed in 2006. Bernt Reitan broke the ground at the massive Fjardaál smelter in the tiny fishing village of Reydarfjörður in 2004. The project caused some of the biggest protests Iceland had ever seen over the Kárahnjúkar Dam, which flooded more than 60km of rare wilderness highlands to power it.[5]

Bernt Reitan sits on the Icelandic-American Chamber of Commerce which promotes trade and business between Iceland and the USA[6]


Transcription and documents from a presentation by Bernt Reitan to Alcoa First Quarter Analyst Workshop, April 22, 2004.[7]


  1. Business Week. Alcoa Profile Bernt Reitan biography Accessed 08/02/2012
  2. Business Week. Alcoa Profile Bernt Reitan biography Accessed 08/02/2012
  3. Alcoa website John Thuestad Elected Alcoa Executive Vice President and Group President Global Primary Products; Bernt Reitan to Retire February 24, 2010. Accessed 21/02/2012
  4. Elkem Iceland website English version Accessed 21/02/2012
  5. Susan De Muth The Guardian Power Driven Saturday 29 November 2003. Accessed 21/02/2012
  6. IACC Contact Information Accessed 21/02/2012
  7. Edgar-Online transcriptions Alcoa First Quarter Analyst Workshop, April 22, 2004 Accessed 08/02/1012