Alcoa appoints Fried Frank partner as chief legal officer

US aluminium group Alcoa has appointed Audrey Strauss as its new chief legal officer, succeeding retiring incumbent Kurt Waldo.

Audrey Strauss
Audrey Strauss

Strauss will join Alcoa from the New York office of Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Jacobson, where she is currently a senior litigation partner. She will assume her new role on 1 May and will also hold the titles of chief compliance officer and corporate secretary. She will serve as a member of the Alcoa executive council, the senior leadership group that sets strategic direction for the company.

Prior to going into private practice, Strauss worked in the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, where she served as chief appellate attorney and also chief of the fraud unit.

She will have overall responsibility for Alcoa’s legal and compliance matters globally. The company has 61,000 employees in 31 countries.

Strauss will take over the helm from Waldo, who has spent 32 years at Alcoa and will retire on 1 August. Waldo was named general counsel for Alcoa in 2008 and was promoted to Alcoa’s chief legal and compliance officer in December 2011.