For the first time in the Brazilian aluminum association, Abal’s history, a woman has been named executive president; with Janaina Donas taking over the job previously held by Milton Rego after a seven-month recruitment process.
Donas has worked for US-based gold-copper-silver company Newmont for over three years as external relations and new business director for Latin America in Peru and the United States, according to Abal. From 2012 through 2018, she had worked at the aluminum company Alcoa as a government affairs and communications director.
Donas stated that her top aim was to position aluminum in an environmentally friendly economy.
“Our product is extremely competitive due to Brazilian aluminum’s low carbon footprint. We have an integrated production chain that is a world reference in environmental and social responsibility, as well as in governance,” she stated.
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Donas succeeds Rego, who stepped down in January after nearly seven years in office after the organization stated it had parted ways with him “by mutual consent.”
“I’m sure Janaina has the ideal skills and experience to represent the Brazilian aluminum industry,” Abal chairman Otavio Carvalheira stated. “We know our sector is [predominantly] male, and that there’s still a long way to go toward inclusion and diversity, but it is encouraging to see women advancing in the industry.”