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Sustainability Advisory Board

Members of the Smeal Sustainability Advisory Board include:

Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, IBM Corporation

Portrait of Wayne BaltaWayne S. Balta is the Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM Corporation.  He has global responsibility for environmental affairs, energy efficiency, and toxicology and chemical management as well as product safety and related hardware compliance functions.  He joined IBM in 1984. 

In addition to his role as IBM’s chief environmental executive he is a member of IBM’s Growth & Transformation Team, a group of IBM executives that drives growth pursuant to innovation and shifts in business and technology.  He has also served on IBM’s Global Enablement Team for Kenya and East Africa.  He is IBM’s Partnership Executive for Yale University.  He also serves as IBM’s Senior Location Executive in Pittsburgh, PA.  

Mr. Balta also plays a leadership role with a variety of additional organizations including the Environmental Law Institute (member of the Board and prior Vice Chairman) and the World Environment Center (member of the Board and prior Chairman).  He is a member and past Chairman of The Conference Board's Chief Environment, Health & Safety Officers Council.  He was named a White House Champion of Change in 2012 for his efforts to advance corporate environmental sustainability.    

Mr. Balta is a member of the President's Advisory Board for Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.  He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon.  He was the recipient of Carnegie Mellon’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2009.  Mr. Balta is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board for the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University.  He is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. 

Mr. Balta received a Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineering with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982.  He earned a Master of Science Degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Tau Beta Pi Fellow, in 1984.

Mr. Balta is married.  He and his wife Maritza have two children.

James Gowen, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

Portrait of James GowenJames Gowen is Vice President of Supply Chain Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer for Verizon. 

Gowen has been deeply involved in the advancement of innovative and sustainable technologies and recently spearheaded the launch of Verizon’s flagship $137M green energy initiative which enabled Verizon to eliminate 20,000 metric tons of CO2.  Gowen also oversees other green initiatives being implemented across Verizon including the introduction of a carbon intensity metric, paper suppression, waste reduction and recycling, and management of end-of-life-cycle material recovery.

In his supply chain role, Gowen leads centralized operations including regional distribution centers and the global customer premises equipment program with responsibility for over $10 billion in annual through-put.

Most recently Gowen spearheaded the start-up of Verizon Services Ireland Limited in Dublin, Ireland. He was responsible for transitioning 15 billion dollars in annual spend for strategic sourcing of Verizon’s Network and IT operations. Over 70 industry professionals were hired and a state-of-the art center of excellence was built under Gowen’s leadership in less than 7 months.

Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainability, DuPont

Portrait of Dawn RittenhouseDawn Rittenhouse is Director, Sustainabilty for the DuPont Company.

Dawn joined DuPont in 1980 and has held positions in Technical Service, Sales, Marketing, and Product Management within the Packaging and Industrial Polymers business and Crop Protection businesses.   In late 1997, she began working in the corporate organization to assist DuPont  businesses in integrating sustainability strategies into their strategy and business management processes.  She leads DuPont’s efforts at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development  (WBCSD) and the United Nations Global Compact.  

She is currently is on the Sustainability Council at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, the Corporate Consultive Group Advisory Group of World Resources Institute, is on the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy of Delaware and the Board of Directors of the Delaware Nature Society. 

Dawn has a double major in Chemistry and Economics from Duke University.

Dawn lives in Wilmington, Delaware. In her free time she loves sports photography and is a runner. 


Kevin McKnight,  VP of Environmental Health and Safety and Chief Sustainability Officer, Alcoa

Portrait of Kevin McKnightKevin McKnight is Alcoa Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety and Chief Sustainability Officer.  He is responsible for managing the EHS function across Alcoa's global organization.  As Chief Sustainability Officer he leads the Corporation's strategic sustainability efforts. 

In his 30+-year Alcoa career, Kevin has successfully taken on assignments of increasing responsibility.  After joining Alcoa as an attorney focused on environmental and commercial litigation, he has had key management roles in product safety, environmental remediation, procurement and business services.  In 1998, he was named Vice President of Procurement, leading Alcoa’s global procurement organization.  In 2000, he was named Director of Alcoa’s European Business Support Services organization based in Lausanne, Switzerland.  In that role he brought together business services in Europe including Financial Accounting, Credit and Treasury, Procurement, EHS and People Services.  In 2004, Kevin returned to the U.S as Director, Global Business Services.  In 2006 he became Director, EHS & Sustainability before assuming his present position. 

Kevin graduated from The Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a major in Finance. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1982.


Jed Richardson, Global Energy & Risk Director, Johnson & Johnson

Portrait of Jed RichardsonJed Richardson is currently the Global Energy & Risk Director for Johnson & Johnson, responsible for the enterprise energy and carbon program strategy and governance in addition to the enterprise facilities management risk and compliance program. Jed owns several public sustainability goals related to green house gas emissions and renewable energy in addition to responsibility for the company’s global energy procurement strategy and execution.

During his 15 years with J&J he has held a number of diverse engineering and operations management positions and has been responsible for developing and managing numerous infrastructure projects and transformation programs for various J&J entities throughout the world.

Jed has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, a MBA from Rider University, is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, a Certified Energy Manager, and a LEED Green Associate.


Tim Lindsey, Global Director of Sustainable Development, Caterpillar, Inc.
David M. Kiser, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability, International Paper
Carl Pfleger, Vice President, Global Operations, PepsiCo International
Francis Lutz, Chief Financial Officer, Opportunity Finance Network
Fred Bedore, Senior Director of Sustainability, Walmart
Diane Alwine, Director of Environmental Affairs, The Hershey Company