NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) has named Esra Ozer President of Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States, effective October 31. She succeeds Paula Davis, the Foundation’s President since May 2010, who resigned to take a role outside of the Company.
Alcoa Foundation is a non-profit, independently endowed Foundation that since its founding in 1952 has provided more than $570 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. As President, Ozer will oversee the organization’s global philanthropic activities and contributions, with a strong focus on education and the environment, and its support to Alcoa’s communities worldwide.
Over the span of her career, Ozer has held numerous communications and foundation positions. At Alcoa, her previous roles include Assistant Secretary to the Alcoa Board of Directors, and Director of Executive Communications for Alcoa Chairman and CEO, Klaus Kleinfeld. At Siemens Corporation, she was instrumental in establishing the U.S. Siemens Foundation and its renowned national scholarship program, the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.
“Esra’s demonstrated leadership and passion for corporate social responsibility make her distinctly qualified to lead Alcoa Foundation,” said Mike Barriere, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Environment, Health and Safety and Sustainability. “With her commitment to volunteerism and STEM education, Esra is well positioned to continue advancing the Foundation’s success in supporting education, workforce development and the environment and our employee volunteerism in Alcoa’s communities.”
Prior to joining Alcoa in 2008, Ozer was Senior Director of External Relations at Siemens Corporation, where she led U.S. media relations and issues management. During her decade-long tenure at Siemens, she also oversaw the design and launch of an $11 million Disney sponsorship that became Siemens' largest integrated marketing initiative.
Ozer is a graduate of the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She was named to the 2013-2014 class of David Rockefeller Fellows, a civic engagement program of the Partnership for New York City. She serves as Chair of the Associate Board of City Year New York. She was a Young Leader of the American Council on Germany (2007) and is a member and Young Leader of the American Turkish Society. Ozer also serves on the Global Steering Committee of the Alcoa Women’s Network.
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 125 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 12 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 30 countries across the world. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alcoa, and follow Alcoa on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.
About Alcoa Foundation
In September, the Foundation announced a US$1.25 million internship program for 500 students in eight countries over the next two years. The program is a community-wide initiative involving several manufacturing companies and will be managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The goal is to provide unemployed youth with the experience to start a successful career in manufacturing.
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.