Chief Legal Officer Audrey Strauss to Retire after Distinguished Career
Changes Effective upon Separation of Company
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that it has named Kate Hargrove Ramundo Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of the future Arconic Inc., a role which will take effect upon the Company’s separation later this year. Ramundo will succeed Audrey Strauss, Alcoa Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, who plans to retire at the completion of Alcoa’s separation.
“Audrey Strauss’s wise counsel and diligent legal representation have been invaluable to Alcoa's successful transformation and preparation for its historic separation. She retires from this key executive role with our highest respect, admiration and best wishes for this new chapter in a career of extraordinary achievement,” said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. “As we chart a new future as Arconic, it is clear that Kate Ramundo’s impressive legal acumen, extensive international experience and successful track record in a wide range of business situations will be an ideal fit for our innovation-driven growth strategy.”
After the Company’s separation, the future Arconic will comprise the current Global Rolled Products (other than the rolling mill operations in Warrick, IN and Saudi Arabia, which will move to Alcoa Corporation), Engineered Products and Solutions, and Transportation and Construction Solutions segments. Arconic will be an innovator of high performance multi-material products and solutions and a global leader in precision engineering and advanced manufacturing. The future Alcoa Corporation, a global, cost-competitive industry leader, will hold the current Upstream and North American packaging businesses. The separation is on track to be completed in the second half of 2016.
Biographical Information on Kate Hargrove Ramundo:
Kate Hargrove Ramundo comes to the future Arconic most recently from ANN, Inc., based in New York, where she served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Kate earlier served as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Colgate-Palmolive. Among her other positions during her 15-year tenure at Colgate, she served as General Counsel of the Europe/South Pacific division, and later managed global specialty legal activities throughout the entire Colgate world, including North America, Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. She began her career as a litigator, practicing at major New York-based law firms.
Kate holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
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A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our approximately 57,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alcoa and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.
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