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Bill O'Rourke


Bill O'Rourke

Bill O’Rourke is a Fellow at the Wheatley Institution and currently serves on the Board of the Alcoa Foundation teaching “Values” at the Alcoa Executive Development Programs. O’Rourke recently retired as the Vice President of Alcoa in September 2011. Prior to joining Alcoa, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army. O’Rourke graduated from John Carroll University and received a law degree from Duquesne University’s School of Law in Pittsburgh.

He joined Alcoa as a Patent Attorney in 1975 and held a number of leadership positions including Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety and Sustainability, Vice President of Global Business Services, Chief Information Officer, Vice President of Procurement, Corporate Auditor, Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Patent Counsel. From 2005 to 2008 Bill was the President of Alcoa-Russia, a $1 billion revenue business.

Bill is now the Executive Director of the Beard Institute in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University. He lectures on business ethics at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs and at Universities including BYU, Duquesne, Nebraska, Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh. He is the current Board Chair of Sustainable Pittsburgh, and serves on a number of other civic, charitable and religious organizations.

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