FEDERAL WAY, WA—Forest products giant Weyerhaeuser Company has named Ernesta Ballard senior vice president of corporate affairs.
Ballard will report directly to Steven Rogel, chairman, president and chief executive officer and be a member of the company’s senior management team and will lead the corporate communications, corporate philanthropy, government affairs and environment, health and safety functions at the company.
“As a company whose license to operate depends upon the will of the public, the leader of our corporate affairs function is critical to our success,” says Rogel. “Ernesta has a deep understanding of environmental issues, regulatory processes and the role of communications that makes her an ideal person to lead this important function.”
Ballard currently serves in the cabinet of the governor of the State of Alaska as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, a position she has held since 2002. Prior to joining the governor’s cabinet, Ballard had a consulting practice specializing in regulatory strategy with an emphasis on integrated management systems for protection of the environment, health and safety.
Ballard was appointed in 1997 by President Clinton to serve on the board of governors of the United States Postal Service, where she chaired the Audit Committee. From 1983-86, she was a regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.