The team consists of:
After 11 years of professional experience in different companies, José Antonio Fernández Carbajal began his career, in 1987 at FEMSA serving various positions in its different businesses, including CEO of OXXO. He was appointed CEO of FEMSA in 1995 and Chairman of the Board in 2001, serving both positions until January 2014. In 2010, he was appointed Vice-President of Heineken Holding NV’s Board of Directors and Chairman of Heineken’s Americas Committee, which oversees the strategic direction of business in the Americas and evaluates new business opportunities in the region.
Since 2012, Mr. Fernández is also Chairman of the Board of Tecnológico de Monterrey, where he served as Vice Chairman since 1997. He is also Chairman of the Board of Coca-Cola FEMSA, FEMSA Foundation and the U.S.-Mexico Foundation. Currently, he participates as a board member of Industrias Peñoles and Grupo Televisa, and he co-chairs the Mexican Chapter of the Woodrow Wilson Center.
He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and Systems from Tecnológico de Monterrey and in 1978, he earned an MBA from that institution. For more than 20 years, he has been professor of Planning Systems at Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Carlos Salazar joined FEMSA in 1973, and he has held several senior management positions across FEMSA, including Vice-President of Grafo Regia, Vice-President of Plásticos Técnicos Mexicanos, S.A., Vice-President of the International Division of FEMSA Cerveza, Vice-President of the Commercial Planning in Grupo Visa, CEO of FEMSA Cerveza, and CEO of Coca-Cola FEMSA. In 2014 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of FEMSA. In 2010, he was awarded the medal of Distinguished Citizen by the state of Nuevo León.
He was President of the 21st Century Commission and Executive Director of CINTERMEX in Monterrey. He has been a professor in economics for a number of years at Tecnológico de Monterrey and is the current President of the Advisory Board of the EGADE Business School of this Institution.
He holds a B.A. in Economics and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from this institution. He also has pursued graduate studies in Economic Development in Italy and a Management Program from the IPADE in Mexico, among other studies in different countries.
.John Anthony Santa Maria Otazua was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola FEMSA as of January 2014. He joined Coca-Cola FEMSA in 1995. Since then, he has held several senior management positions, including Chief Operating Officer of the company’s Mexico Division, Strategic Planning and Commercial Development Officer, and Chief Operating Officer of the company´s South America Division, overseeing its operations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela.
His previous beverage and consulting experience includes PepsiCo, Inc. and McKinsey & Co., respectively. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Banco Compartamos.
Mr. Santa Maria earned a Bachelor´s degree and an MBA with a major in Finance from Southern Methodist University.
Mr. Rodríguez assumed the Chief Financial and Strategic Development Officer position at FEMSA in 2015, after serving as Chief Executive Officer of CENCOSUD for six years. Since January, 2016, he holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of FEMSA Comercio.
He served as Financial Officer of the Shell Company in South America, and Global Financial Officer for one of the Shell Divisions in Europe.
Eduardo Padilla joined FEMSA in 1997 as FEMSA’s Vice-President of Strategic Planning and Corporate Control. In 2000, he was appointed CEO of FEMSA Strategic Procurement, which included Packaging, Logistics, and OXXO. From 2004 to 2016, he was CEO of FEMSA Comercio. Mr. Padilla currently holds the position of Chief Financial and Strategic Development Officer of FEMSA.
Before joining FEMSA, Mr. Padilla served as CEO of Terza, a subsidiary of Grupo ALFA, from 1987 to 1996.
Mr. Padilla earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Administrative Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cornell University. He also has completed Graduate studies at IPADE.
Alfonso Garza joined FEMSA in 1985 and was named Executive Vice-President of Human Resources in 2005. Prior to that, he held various positions at FEMSA Cerveza and FEMSA Empaques, including the Vice-presidency of FEMSA Empaques and Grafo Regia. In January 2009, he was appointed Vice-President of Strategic Businesses of FEMSA. In 2012, he started coordinating other strategic areas at FEMSA, such as Corporate Affairs. From 2011 to 2013, he served as President of the Employers Confederation of Mexico (Coparmex) for the state of Nuevo León and since 2009 he has been National Vice-President of this organization. In 2012 he was appointed Chairman of the Talent and Culture Committee of Tecnológico de Monterrey.
He also participates as a member of the Board of Directors of Coca-Cola FEMSA and Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Mr. Garza earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey and completed postgraduate courses at IPADE.
Javier Astaburuaga joined FEMSA in 1982. In 2006, he was named FEMSA’s CFO and Vice-President of Strategic Development. In 2012, he was appointed Chief Financial and Strategic Development Officer, adding the Human Resources function matters to his responsibilities. In 2015, Mr. Astaburuaga was named Corporate Development Officer of FEMSA.
Prior to that, Mr. Astaburuaga served as co-CEO of FEMSA Cerveza, Vice-President of Sales for Northern Mexico, CFO of FEMSA Cerveza, Vice-President of Corporate Development for FEMSA, and Chief Information Officer of FEMSA Cerveza. Mr. Astaburuaga earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Accounting from Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Genaro Borrego joined FEMSA in September 2007 as Vice-President of Corporate Affairs. Prior to that, Mr. Borrego was elected as a Federal Congressman for the LII Legislature from 1982 to 1985. After that, he served as Governor of the Mexican State of Zacatecas from 1986 to 1992, and in early 1992, he was elected President of the PRI political party for one year.
From 1993 to 2000, he led the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS), and he was the President of the American Conference of Social Security Institutions. In 2000, he was also elected as a Senator of the Federal Congress to represent the State of Zacatecas during the LVIII and LIX Legislatures.
He holds a degree in Industrial Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana.
José González assumed the current position in 2003. He first joined FEMSA in 1973, where he held different positions in the organization, such as Finance Information Manager, Planning and Administration Vice-President, and Administration Vice- President. In 1997, he was named CEO of FEMSA Logística. He is a board member of several international companies, he participates as Auditing Committee Secretary of FEMSA’s and Coca-Cola FEMSA’s board and sits on the controller board at Tecnológico de Monterrey.
He is also part of the Instituto de Contadores Públicos de Nuevo León Directive Committee and he is President of the Club de Fútbol Monterrey board.
He holds a B.A. in Accounting from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León and undertook postgraduate studies in Business Administration from different universities in Mexico and abroad.