CORPORATE AMERICAN ADVISORY COUNCIL
This special group includes the leaders of 25 foremost American companies and serves as a sounding board for American interests in Mexico, and an excellent exchange channel for companies that face similar challenges.
Francisco Garza has spent more than 23 years in the Mexican Automotive Industry as well as in several other countries. He began his career in the distribution sector where he held various roles.
In 1998, he joined General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) as Operations Manager and was responsible for the Extended Warranty Program launch in Mexico. Promoted to Sales and Marketing Director for Mexico in 2001, he was given responsibility for General Motors’ financing strategy.
Francisco had his first international assignment in 2005 as Chairman of the Board and General Director of GMAC Ecuador. This was followed by the same appointment in Argentina. In 2009 he became Chairman of the Board and General Manager of GM Financial Mexico, the first Mexican to head this business.
A member of different chambers and associations and a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), Francisco also serves on the Board of Directors of the Executive Council of Global Companies (CEEG); and is Chair of AmSoc’s Corporate American Advisory Council that brings together 26 most important U.S. companies operating in Mexico.
Francisco has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad Valle Continental, an Executive Master & Degree from the IDE Business School (an institute endorsed by Universidad de Navarra), and from the IESE Business School. He has been enrolled in executive programs at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Fernanda Guarro is the President and Managing Director of 3M Mexico which she joined in 2017 in charge of its supply chain operations for its Mexican subsidiary.
She is a supply chain master executive with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of supply chain, high complex project management and business analysis. She has direct experience relating to end-to-end supply chain and corporate affairs in Mexico and Latin America. She began her career in finance at DuPont, after which she joined Monsanto where she held different roles within supply chain. In 2011 Fernanda moved to Sanofi Mexico, as the Supply Chain Manager for the vaccine’s division and, in 2013 to Merck as Head of its Supply Network Operations.
Fernanda has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Supply Chain Management from EOI in Madrid.
One of the most talented and highly acclaimed executives in the supply chain industry, Fernanda was the first woman in Mexico to win the prestigious National Logistics Award in 2017.
Co-Chair, Fernanda Guarro, President & Managing Director, 3M Mexico
COUNCIL OF LATIN AMERICA LEADERS
This select group of leaders of the Latin American divisions of American companies was formed to
advance the interests of American businesses throughout the region. In order to represent a broad
spectrum of companies, each participant of the Council is from a different industry.
Manuel Macedo, President of Honeywell Latin America since 2019, is responsible for the Company’s entire operation in the region and for the growth of the company’s four strategic business units: Aerospace, Honeywell Building Technologies (HBT), Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT), and Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS).
With over 25 years of experience in the adhesives, chemicals, consumer, and construction industries, Manuel has held executive leadership positions in Europe and Latin America, including most recently as the regional President of Henkel Latin America.
Manuel earned a degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Industrial Strategy from the Technical University of Lisbon. He is fluent in five languages and has lived in nine different countries.
Gustavo Tella is Head of Latin American Ratings—Managing Director S&P Global Ratings, a position he has held for almost five years. Earlier he had been S&P’s EMEA/APAC Head of Credit Product Specialist. Prior to joining S&P, Gustavo worked in sales at MSCI Inc, a financial services firm, and at Bloomberg, London. Gustavo started off at Morgan Stanley’s Global Operations, later moving to a Graduate Trainee at Banco Santander.
Gustavo earned his degree in Business Administration from the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Sao Paolo, attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education – Leadership program, and the London Business School for his Executive MBA. He is a CFA and belongs to the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Co-Chair, Gustavo Tella, Head of Latin America S&P Global Ratings
Chair, Larry Rubin, President, The American Society of Mexico
Comprised of a select group of top Mexican leaders of the largest companies in Mexico with the greatest investment and job creation in the United States, the Council maintains an ongoing forum to solve and improve current and future operations in the United States. As a member of this Council, the Chairman of CONCAMIN brings to the attention of this umbrella organization, which represents over 100 different Industrial sectors and chambers in Mexico, matters that affect them and this powerful association.