Born: Buenos Aires, Argentina; moved to France as a child, and holds dual citizenship in Argentina and France
Education: Economics and finance degree, The Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris
What was your biggest business challenge, and how did you overcome it?
When one of my predecessors as CEO challenged the company to deliver positive economic profit in a relatively short time period representing a major move of our EBIT very few people thought it possible. Yet, we did make it happen.
Our success was the result of very focused multinational teamwork with clear expectations and weekly progress measurement.
What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
It is impossible to list just one. Key lessons include the importance of having a vision, engaging others, always measuring, requesting discipline and never giving up.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
As opposed to naming a specific individual, I think I most admire key characteristics shared by successful business leaders. Those I admire most are able to lead their businesses to consistently deliver and grow globally when everything around them is constantly moving and changing, such as currency impact, commoditization of products and industry consolidation.
Peribere on the future: You see some companies that are more confrontational than others. You see some companies that are more afraid than others to take risk.
If there is one thing we can do better, it is to take those values and transcend them to the next level where people would be even more confident to take calculated risks to get more things done. I think success breeds success. We can become a great company.
Lots of companies say they are great companies. They are not. I think there is an extra step to become a great company.