Alcoa announced today that Janne Sigurdsson, Managing Director of Alcoa Iceland, has been named the gold Stevie Award winner for Female Executive of the Year in Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the 9th annual awards ceremony held recently in New York. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run.
Sigurdsson was recognized for her achievements in helping to build, strengthen and expand Alcoa’s new and technically advanced Fjardaál aluminum smelter.
“During her six years at the facility, Janne has led significant business transformation initiatives, helped to create a culture of safety, and achieved high employee engagement by encouraging volunteerism and by actively participating in enhancing the East Iceland community,” said Tomas Sigurdsson, President, European Region and Alcoa Global Primary Products Europe (no relation).
“I feel fortunate that I have had the opportunity to participate in the birth and early years of the smelter and bring it to the place where it is now. The community has stood behind us and supported Alcoa Fjardaál through these years,” said Janne Sigurdsson. “It is an honor to be recognized as the Female Executive of the Year in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”
Stevie gold, silver and bronze award winners were selected by more than 200 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process this year.
“This year’s Stevie Award-winning women are the most accomplished, impressive group we’ve ever had. Their stories of success will be an inspiration to women around the globe who dream of starting and growing a business and making a difference in the world,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.