PITTSBURGH–Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord recognized Alcoa’s commitment to
gender diversity today with a Proclamation of Honor as one of five
publicly traded companies in Pittsburgh’s “Top 50” with at least three
women currently serving on its board of directors.
The honor is based on research by Catalyst and Vicki Kramer and
Associates that shows company boards need at least three women members
for gender diversity to have genuine impact.
Julie Caponi, Vice President of Audit at Alcoa, accepted the honor on
behalf of the company.
“Alcoa values diversity at all levels of the corporation and we are
proud to have such outstanding leaders and important female role models
on our board of directors,” Caponi said. “We commend the State of
Pennsylvania for recognizing the economic benefit that diversity brings.
As we continue our journey to improve diversity throughout Alcoa, we
hope that this honor will encourage other companies to place greater
value on diversity.”
Alcoa’s three female directors include:
Kathryn Fuller, who was elected to the board of directors in 2002.
She is a member of the Compensation and Benefits Committee and
Public Issues Committee. Ms. Fuller is Chair of the Smithsonian’s
National Museum of Natural History, the world’s preeminent museum
and research complex, and she also currently serves on the board of
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a leading philanthropy in the
field of health and health care.
Ms. Fuller retired as Chair, The Ford Foundation, a non-profit
organization, in September 2010, after having served in that
position since May 2004. Ms. Fuller retired as President and Chief
Executive Officer of World Wildlife Fund U.S. (WWF), one of the
world’s largest nature conservation organizations, in July 2005,
after having served in those positions since 1989. Ms. Fuller
continues her affiliation with WWF as President Emerita and an
honorary member of the board of directors.
Dr. Judith Gueron, who was elected to the board of directors in
1988. Dr. Gueron is Lead Director, Chairman of the Governance and
Nominating Committee and a member of the Executive Committee and the
Public Issues Committee. Dr. Gueron is Scholar in Residence and
President Emerita of MDRC, a nonprofit research organization that
designs, manages and studies projects to increase the
self-sufficiency of economically disadvantaged groups.
A widely published, nationally recognized expert on employment and
training, poverty and family assistance, Dr. Gueron is the author of
“From Welfare to Work.” She is the recipient of the inaugural
Richard E. Neustadt Award from the John F. Kennedy School of
Government, Harvard University.
Patricia Russo, who was elected to the board of directors in 2008.
She is a member of the Compensation and Benefits Committee, the
Executive Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee. Ms.
Russo is the lead director of General Motors Company. She also
serves as a director of Merck & Co., Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company
and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
As Chief Executive Officer of Lucent Technologies Inc., she led
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated
aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of
alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry,
Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace,
automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the
past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels,
fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building
systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately
75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.