President and CEO, Rio Tinto Alcan
Jacynthe Côté has been president and CEO of Rio Tinto Alcan’s Primary Metal business unit since 2007, with responsibility for all primary metal facilities and power generation installations worldwide. Primary Metal has 19,400 employees in 45 facilities around the world. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Côté served as president and CEO of Alcan’s Bauxite and Alumina business unit and senior vice-president of Alcan Inc. In 2000, she was appointed vice-president of business planning and development at Primary Metal, and, in 2003, took on the role of vice-president of human resources, environment, health and safety in the same unit. In 1996, she was named plant manager of the Beauharnois, Quebec, smelter and, in 1999, was transferred to the Lynemouth smelter in the United Kingdom as plant manager. Ms. Côté joined Alcan in 1988 as a process analyst at the Vaudreuil Works in Saguenay, Quebec. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Université Laval.