Features Latin America

Rocio Diaz Contreras – Smart Green IT

Just five years after receiving her bachelor’s degree, Rocio Diaz Contreras has already secured a highly-coveted CEO post at a thriving Mexican company. The IT engineer’s fast-track career has included building and implementing a health information system for one of western Mexico’s largest hospitals; performing case studies on competitiveness and sustainability in Latin America; and […]

Craig O’Dell – Reckitt Benckiser

In 2018, not long after being named IT director for the entire Latin American division of British consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser (RB), Craig O’Dell was given his first major marching orders: Transform the IT landscape into a showcase of best-in-class tools and technologies—a daunting task for anyone. For O’Dell—who’d moved from England to Brazil […]

Carlos Silva – Volaris

It’s a high-stakes, high-reward industry where the info-tech director can barely take a breather, Carlos Silva says about the airlines. Even more so than the pharmaceutical manufacturers where he had been an IT boss for 20 years before joining Volaris, Mexico’s low-cost passenger carrier with the highest of aspirations, last April. “The big difference between […]

Fernando Thompson – Universidad de las Américas Puebla

The technology industry has been productive and satisfying for Fernando Thompson, and he’d encourage young people to give it consideration for their own good, as well as for the greater world. More on that later. At any rate, he reminds there’s no avoiding info-tech no matter what line of work today’s students choose, and their […]

Abelardo Fuerte – Ingenios Santos

Since its first known use in Polynesia more than 3,000 years ago, cane sugar has fueled and transformed the world, sparked wars and built empires—even altered human evolution, by helping our bodies better store fat. In 2017, the world produced more than 170 million metric tons of the granulated sweetener, the per-pound equivalent of 85 […]

Cesar Cabada – The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Mexico

Cesar Cabada is no fashionista—but he is focused on the technical side of beauty. The experienced retail leader joined the multinational Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) two years ago, and notes that, “I didn’t know a thing about makeup, skin care or any of those products. For me, it was whatever product was in the bathroom, […]

Gustavo Equihua – Frialsa Frigorificos

In 2006, three years into his role as warehouse logistics manager for Frialsa, a Mexican-based refrigerated storage and distribution provider, Gustavo Equihua began paying close attention to the company’s warehouse management system (WMS). Back then, all inventory was recorded and tracked on paper. Accounting errors were commonplace, and enterprise resource planning platforms (ERPs) belonging to […]

SSM Consultores

It’s where the next version of the Oracle Database will be developed, and a popular destination Jalisco, Mexico, has proven to be for a workforce that’s ballooned from five in 2012 to around 1,000. Northwest of Mexico City and not too far from the Pacific Coast, the capital city of Guadalajara has taken on somewhat […]

Luis Apon – Arabela

He couldn’t have come better prepared for the responsibility of applying info-tech to further the growth of Arabela, the Mexican-headquartered direct seller of a wide array of women’s beauty products that run the gamut from cosmetics to fragrances to jewelry to kitchenware to lingerie. For prior to moving into the position last June, Luis Apon […]

Victor Alfonso Mendivil – Devlyn Holdings

As one of the largest retailers of eyeglasses in Latin America, Devlyn Holdings would be expected to have long-term vision, which a couple of years ago made it the ideal landing spot for its equally farsighted CIO Victor Alfonso Mendivil. For prior to him coming aboard in July 2016, Devlyn Holdings had already launched an […]

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