PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Alcoa has named George Bergeron the president and chief executive officer of Reynolds Metals Co. following Alcoa's merger with the Richmond, Va.-based aluminum maker.

The merger creating the world's largest aluminum company was completed this month. Alcoa alone also had been the world's largest aluminum maker.

Bergeron, 58, whose appointment was announced Tuesday, has been an Alcoa vice president responsible for its aluminum foil and building products divisions. He was instrumental in Alcoa's 1998 merger with Alumax, then the nation's fourth-largest aluminum company.

Bergeron has worked at Alcoa since 1968, when he started as a supervisor at its plant in Lancaster, Pa.

He was given responsibility for expanding the company in 1998 and last fall took over the Reynolds merger.

Alcoa also named William Leahey Jr., 50, as a group president responsible for Reynolds' packaging and consumer businesses. He was formerly a chief financial officer at Reynolds Metals Co. and vice president at Continental Can International.