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William O'Rourke, Vice President, Sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety; Alcoa Inc.

William O'Rourke

Bill O'Rourke was named Vice President, Sustainability and Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) for Alcoa in September 2008, responsible for corporate EHS functions, Remediation, EHS services and the company's Sustainability Function. Previously, he was Vice President of Global Business Services and Chief Information Officer of Alcoa, a position he assumed in January 2008. In this assignment, he was responsible for leveraging global financial and other transactional processes and services for information technology, finance, human resources and environment, health and safety. As CIO, he led the strategic direction and integration of Alcoa's global information systems and security. Bill has been an Alcoa vice president since 1997.


From the beginning of 2005 to 2008, Bill served as President of Alcoa Russia, a $1 billion revenue business. He was responsible for the substantial manufacturing assets Alcoa acquired in Samara and Belaya Kalitva in the Russian Federation in early 2005. During the three years Bill was in Russia, he spearheaded efforts to bring the facilities up to Alcoa's world class standards and oversaw an investment program that exceeded $500 million.


Bill joined Alcoa in 1975 as a patent attorney. During his career with Alcoa, he has served in numerous leadership roles , including vice president of Environment, Health and Safety; vice president of Corporate Audit; and head of various corporate staff services including Finance, Procurement, Human Resources and other administrative services. He formed Alcoa's Business Services organization in the mid-1990s. He also held positions in Alcoa's Legal Department as Corporate Patent Counsel and as Assistant General Counsel. Bill graduated from John Carroll University in 1970 with bachelor degrees in both the science and the arts. He received a law degree in 1975 from Duquesne University's School of Law in Pittsburgh. He is married and has two children.



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