President and Plant Manager
Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc.
Nicole Coutu holds the position of President and CEO at Aluminerie de Bécancour Inc (“ABI”) since July 2012. ABI is a joint venture of RioTinto (25%) and Alcoa (75%). The plant produces 445 000 MT of aluminum per year with 1100 employees.
Nicole began her professional career at ABI as Environment Chemist. Subsequently, she held various leadership positions in the plant from: Health & Safety Maintenance Coordinator, Technical Potlines Supervisor, Maintenance Superintendent and Carbon department Manager.
In August 2008, she was promoted as Plant Manager at the Lake Charles Carbon Plant in Louisiana, USA, where she contributed to a successful turnaround of this plant on all fronts, but most on the employee engagement where it went from 35% to 83%.
With this foreign leadership experience, she returned to Canada in 2011 as Environment, Health & Safety Manager for GPP Canada and was rapidly promoted to Production Manager at ABI.
In July 2012, Nicole became President and CEO of ABI. Through her leadership skills and natural incline to engage all of level of her organization, new ideas emerged and got implemented to improve the plant competitiveness. This openness and respect help increase the level of trust between the union and the management enabling her to execute important organization changes. Under her leadership, the plant stability and the employees’ engagement improved significantly.
Nicole is an agent of changes and is continuously working at building a profitable long term vision for her location.
Nicole is well engage in her community. She is on the Becancour Community Advisory Board to insure an open dialogue with the various stakeholders of the community helping aligned the community development via sustainable partnerships. Balancing the economic benefits and the local needs. She is also engaged in the Becancour Industrial Park (CEOP) since 2015 as Vice-President.
Nicole holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Sherbrooke University, in Quebec, Canada. She is presently doing an executive education PLD at HBS. She lives in the city of Yamachiche (Quebec/Canada) with her husband, Jean-Yves and their three children.