Born: Santiago, Chile
Bachelor’s degree, chemical engineering, University of Alabama. MBA with finance concentration, University of Akron, Ohio
Design engineer for chemical reactors
What is the most important business lesson you’ve learned?
After all these years, the most important lesson I’ve learned is to surround yourself with better people than yourself. Human capital is extremely important to succeed in business, and in anything else in life.
Whom do you admire most in business?
I don’t have one individual in mind, but generally my admiration goes to entrepreneurs, those guys that start businesses like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. I also have great admiration for individuals that are responsible for major turnarounds, their emotional strength and their intellectual capabilities.
What are the universal truths you’ve learned about leading a business?
You have to be fair, but at the same time, you have to have a high standard for performance and accountability. I personally place a high premium on integrity. Without integrity, there is nothing. Also, remember that a successful organization needs to have a culture of meritocracy.