Features Region: Latin America

Ricardo Valente da Conceicao – H&M Group 

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Someday, one of the new hires might succeed Ricardo da Conceicao as the person in charge of human resources for the global design company H&M Group in part of South America. Even if that person doesn’t now so envision him or herself.  Ricardo never expected to ascend to this role or arrive at this destination […]

Salvador Ochoa – Toyota de Mexico

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It’s a competitive automotive industry in Mexico. Employee turnover has been around 13 percent, with Chinese companies among the latest trying to seize a share by, among other means, wooing their competitors’ workers with attractive offers. But at Toyota de Mexico, Salvador Ochoa is proud to say the workforce stays relatively steady, with only around […]

Cesar Palacios – Inkia Energy

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Over the course of a long career in human resources, Cesar Palacios has become a believer. After working for companies like Warner Lambert, Pfizer, Cadbury, Gloria and, at present, Inkia Energy, he’s a bit of an evangelist for the key role HR plays as a partner to the business. “Why I consider that crucial is […]

David Reyes – LATAM Airlines Group

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As far as David Reyes is concerned, the most important part of an aircraft isn’t its wings, cabin or even engines—it’s the people behind the scenes: the pilots, flight attendants and the hundreds of others ensuring the aviation experience is smooth for passengers. Reyes has been piloting the human resources end of aviation companies for […]

Fausto Alfonso Yáñez Siller – British American Tobacco

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There being a nine-hour difference in the time zones of Mexico and Qatar, it made for inconvenient viewing for some of the most avid followers of the recent FIFA World Cup. During other years, many of the workers at British American Tobacco’s operations in Mexico would have gathered in cantinas or private homes to watch […]

Luis Pablo Calvo – NatureSweet

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Growing quality tomatoes and nurturing the employees that grow them may seem separate enterprises, but Luis Pablo Calvo says they’re inextricably connected at NatureSweet in Mexico. “Our purpose is to transform the lives of agricultural workers in North America and our vision is to be the leader in the fresh produce industry by unleashing the […]

Carlos Aritzmendi – BIC

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His work in finance has taken him around the globe for some of the world’s biggest companies. Now, Carlos Aritzmendi is moving again, this time back to Europe, where he’ll be the managing director for BIC’s global business center in Bulgaria. “I have always been open to new opportunities, and I’m a person who seeks […]

Daniel Malpica – L’Oréal

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Daniel Malpica was inclined to study civil engineering in college. Beer changed his mind. On a school trip before college, he visited a brewery and was so intrigued by the supply chain that he decided to study industrial engineering at Universidad La Salle in Mexico City. That set the foundation for a 20-year career guiding […]

Marco Vasquez – Pernod Ricard

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In arid, sandy soil 5,000 feet high on the fields, hillsides and mountains of Mexico—and nowhere else in the world—grows a special plant: The Blue Agave. Out of nearly 300 variations, this one is used to produce tequila. Growing taller than seven feet, it takes nearly a decade to mature before it can be harvested […]

Maria Luisa Marcano – Ricardo Perez

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While the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down the world, it helped accelerate the digital and cultural transformation at Ricardo Perez, S.A., an automotive distributor and dealer based in Central America. According to Maria Luisa Marcano, since 2014, the company has been reinventing how it interacts with its customers—and its employees. The pandemic simply accelerated the process; […]

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