R. Martin Chavez
Title: Managing director
Company: IBD Strategies, Goldman Sachs
Currently: Mr. Chavez, who holds a Ph.D. in medical information sciences from Stanford University, became a managing director IBD Strategies in 2005, then assumed the role of partner in 2006. He joined Goldman Sachs as a senior energy strategist in 1993. Mr. Chavez left the company after a four-year run and later served as co-founder and CEO of Kiodex Inc. from 2000-04. Mr. Chavez serves on the board of directors of the Santa Fe Opera, the board of trustees for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, and the advisory board of the Columbia University Center for Advanced Technology.
Francisco N. Codina
Title: Group VP, North America Marketing, Sales & Service
Company: Ford Motor Co.
Currently: The Cuba native – his family emigrated in 1965 -- has worked for Ford since 1977 and has since served as president of Ford of Argentina and vice-president of the Ford Customer Service Division. During his career with the company, Mr. Codina worked in two international assignments – in 1995 as marketing and customer service director, Ford of Mexico and managing director, Ford of Argentina in 1998 before being named president of that operation in 1999. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and business administration from the University of Alabama.
Company: RSM EquiCo
Currently: With more than 25 years of experience in corporate and investment banking, Mr. Cuellar has led RSM EquiCo Capital Markets to become the third-largest M&A adviser for transactions reaching up to $100 million. Mr. Cuellar says there are two keys to climbing the corporate ladder. "It's basic: you have to deliver results," he says. "People take notice when you deliver. Another [tip] is understanding how corporate decisions are made. If you understand the politics, you can manage through landmines and not only get your agenda promoted, but help shareholders. If you understand that process, then I believe that is a good way to maneuver through corporate landmines."
Julio A. de Quesada
Title: Head, Mexico, Corporate and Investment Banking
Company: Citigroup Inc.
Currently: CEO of Mexico's Grupo Financiero Citibank since 1994, Mr. de Quesada's international leadership experience during his 30-year career at Citibank extends to Central America, Greece, and Saudi Arabia. The University of Pennsylvania grad is a board member of the California Commerce Bank in Los Angeles, president of the Consejo Ejecutivo de Empresas Globales (an organization of the 30 largest multinational companies located in Mexico), and treasurer of the Mexican Foreign Trade Organization. Mr. de Quesada says his ability to say "yes" proved valuable in his rise to the top. "I was very enthusiastic about accepting jobs that maybe were not that appealing to others, like postings in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan," he says. "I never says 'no' to a position no matter how difficult or challenging or 'risky' it may have seemed, and my approach to new responsibilities was always positive, proactive, and energetic."
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