Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that Max Laun has been appointed Vice President and General Counsel for Alcoa. He was most recently Assistant General Counsel, Mergers and Acquisitions. Laun oversees day-to-day operations of Alcoa’s Legal activities worldwide and serves as head of the Legal Department’s Mergers and Acquisitions practice. In addition, the Company announced that Donna Dabney, Vice President and Corporate Secretary, will retire on August 1.
"Max is the clear choice for this role," said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. "He has coordinated the delivery of legal services on some of the Company's most important and visible transactions, including the formation and growth of Alcoa's joint venture in Saudi Arabia."
Kleinfeld thanked Dabney for her years of service to Alcoa. "Donna has effectively managed a wide range of critical board and corporate governance matters during her 12 years as Alcoa Corporate Secretary, and has built strong relationships with members of the Alcoa Board. We thank her for a job well done."
Alcoa also announced today it has named Audrey Strauss Chief Legal Officer, effective May 1. Strauss will also hold the titles of Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary.The Company also announced other changes in the Office of Corporate Secretary and Legal group. Brenda Hart is promoted to Assistant General Counsel in the Legal Department. In addition to her current role as leader of the Securities and Finance legal function and Assistant Corporate Secretary, Hart will assume the additional responsibility of Corporate Governance Counsel. In this role, she will provide counsel on corporate governance and proxy materials and work on governance issues relating to the Board of Directors and its committees. Hart joined Alcoa in 2000 as Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary. In addition, Esra Ozer is promoted to Assistant Corporate Secretary effective May 1. In addition to her new duties managing coordination and communications with the Alcoa Board, she will continue in the role of Director of Executive Communications, a position she has held since joining Alcoa in December 2008.
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