WILLIAM F. CHRISTOPHER
CEO Garick LLC
Principal Lakeview Consulting LLC
Retired Executive Vice President Alcoa
Bill is currently the leader of Lakeview Consulting Enterprises LLC, specializing in the development of profitable growth strategies and management systems to drive the execution of operating and strategic priorities. He is also the CEO of Garick LLC, a company in the business of recycling organic and wood waste into compost, soil and mulch products. Garick is a $42MM company with 6 operating locations across the East coast and Midwest.
Prior to his retirement from Alcoa in April, 2011, Bill was responsible for Alcoa’s global efforts in the aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, building and construction, and oil and gas markets. As Group President, Alcoa Engineered Products & Solutions, he oversaw the following Alcoa businesses: Alcoa Power and Propulsion, Alcoa Fastening Systems, Alcoa Forgings and Extrusions, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, Building and Construction Systems, and Alcoa Oil and Gas. This group of businesses had approximately $5 billion in sales in 2010 and 20,000 employees in 18 different countries.
Bill was a member of Alcoa’s Executive Council, the senior leadership group that provides strategic direction for the company. He also served as the director of Alcoa’s Global Aerospace Market Sector.
Bill joined Alcoa in 1975 in the Finance organization in Pittsburgh following graduation from Penn State University with an accounting degree. He held a series of financial and operations management positions in Massena (N.Y.), Davenport (Iowa), and in Tennessee. Bill was named President of Alcoa Forged Products, the Cleveland-based forgings and castings business, in 1996. In October of 2002 he was named President of Alcoa’s Aerospace and Commercial Transportation Group. A year later, his role was expanded to include Alcoa’s automotive businesses and then progressed to Group President for Alcoa Engineered Products & Solutions. Bill was elected a vice president of Alcoa in 1999 and an executive vice president in 2001.
He obtained an MBA degree in 1980 from Clarkson University, New York. He is a past Chairman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Northeast Ohio’s chamber of commerce. He has chaired the Air Demand Task Force for the Mayor and the taskforce to develop a regional economic competitiveness strategy for Northeast Ohio. He is currently serves on the board of directors for Lake/Geauga Habitat for Humanity.
Bill and his wife, Cathy, have three children and reside in Moreland Hills, Ohio.