Wilson Center Experts
Alberto Baillères González
Alberto Baillères González is Chairman of Grupo BAL. For the last 35 years, Alberto Baillères has been the President of the Asociación Mexicana de Cultura (Mexican Cultural Association) and the President of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Under his leadership, ITAM has become one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America. In gratitude for his contributions to Mexico's social, educational, and business development, ITAM awarded Mr. Baillères an honorary PhD in 1999.
In 1951, Mr. Baillères took his first position at the Banco de Comercio, where he worked his way up to the position of Branch Manager. In 1957, he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Economics from ITAM and, a year later, entered the Cerveceía Moctezuma Sales Department as a sales representative and was soon promoted to Metropolitan Area Sales Manager. He went on to hold various positions in different areas of this brewery: in 1964, he was appointed General Director and, in 1967, President of the Board. In 1964 he was also named General Director of El Palacio de Hierro, S.A., the most prestigious department store in Mexico, where he carried out an ambitious re-structuring program that resulted in the present growth and success of this company. From 1973 to 1977, he was a member of the Chase Manhattan Bank Advisory Committee, headed by Mr. David Rockefeller, and since 1967, he has been a member of the Consejo Mexicano de Hombres de Negocios, A.C. (Mexican Businessmen's Council).
Mr. Baillères has created and founded various Mexican companies. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Board of a wide ranging group of major Mexican enterprises, many of which he founded: Grupo BAL : Industrias Peñoles, S.A. de C.V., Grupo Nacional Provincial, Profuturo GNP, Aseguradora Porvenir GNP, Valores Mexicanos, Crédito Afianzador, Grupo Palacio de Hierro and Grupo de Agri-negocios BAL. Moreover, several companies, such as Grupo Financiero BBVA-Bancomer, Fomento Económico Mexicano, Cerveza FEMSA and Desc Sociedad de Fomento Industrial, among others, have invited him to become a member of their Board.