Aleta Richards is head of commercial operations for the Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties (CAS) business unit for Covestro LLC. In her role, Richards is a member of the Covestro U.S. Country Council.
Having started her career at Covestro (then part of Bayer) in 1990, Aleta is well acquainted with the organization and brings to the role more than 20 years’ experience in marketing, sales, human resources and general management.
She has held various leadership positions throughout the company, including time spent in the North American CAS group, where she led global key account sales and strategic marketing for four years. Aleta also served as head of the Bayer U.S. HR organization, which provided HR administrative services for roughly 14,000 Bayer employees. Most recently, Aleta served as head of regional product management for the North American Polycarbonates business.
Aleta serves as executive sponsor for the Covestro ACCESS employee resource group, an internal network for African American employees. She is also the executive co-sponsor for the CHAMPS employee resource group, which is focused on veteran employees. In addition, Aleta co-hosts a book chat for female colleagues.
A Pittsburgh native, Aleta received both her bachelor’s degree and M.B.A. in marketing and international business from the University of Pittsburgh. She continues to support the PITT Community as a Board Member of PBAN, a group dedicated to helping ensure diversity within the Katz Business School MBA Program.
Aleta and her husband, Frank, currently reside in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania.