Chief Communications Officer and
Vice President, Inclusion and Diversity, Arconic Inc.
President, Arconic Foundation
Esra Ozer is Chief Communications Officer and Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity for Arconic Inc. She also serves as President of Arconic Foundation, which partners with innovative nonprofit organizations to help prepare the 21st century advanced manufacturing workforce. Together, their initiatives strengthen STEM education opportunities for children and young adults; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, vocational technical schools and universities around the world; and help to create opportunities for underrepresented individuals to prepare for STEM careers.
Over the span of her career, Esra has held numerous communications and foundation positions. Most recently, she was Assistant Corporate Secretary of Alcoa and responsible for all support to the Alcoa Board of Directors and Board committees. Before that, as Director of Executive Communications, she drove the communications activities of Alcoa’s Chairman and CEO, including speechwriting, thought leadership, stakeholder relationships and briefings, and executive communications. Prior to joining Alcoa in 2008, Esra was Senior Director of External Relations at Siemens Corporation, where she led U.S. media relations and issues management. She was instrumental in developing and leading programs that enabled the $20 billion U.S. subsidiary to build a stronger brand and reputation in the U.S. During her decade-long tenure at Siemens, Esra had diverse communications responsibilities, including managing programs to develop high potential Siemens U.S. employees; and internal and executive communications. She served as project manager in the design and launch of an $11 million Disney sponsorship that became Siemens' largest integrated marketing initiative, and which showcased the Company's multi-sector technologies. Esra began her Siemens career as Director of Communications for its non-profit Foundation, and launched its renowned national scholarship program - the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology – which was a pillar of Siemens' reputation in the U.S.
Esra is a graduate of the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and a sponsor of scholarships for students of Public Relations at the Newhouse School. She was named to the 2013-2014 class of David Rockefeller Fellows, a civic engagement program of the Partnership for New York City. She was the founding Chair of Friends of Citymeals on Wheels (New York City), which helps ensure that the vulnerable homebound elderly have access to nutritious meals and vital human companionship. She was a Young Leader of the American Council on Germany (2007) and is Young Leader of the American Turkish Society. Esra also serves on the Steering Committee of the Arconic African Heritage Network.