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José Antonio Fernández Carbajal

Chair & CEO, FEMSA and Board Co-Chair, Mexico Institute
Mexico Institute


Jose Antonio Fernandez is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of FEMSA, Mexico’s largest beverage company and one of the leading Latin American beverage companies. Mr. Fernandez became CEO of FEMSA in January 1995, and assumed the company’s chairmanship in March 2001. Previously, Mr. Fernandez worked as Sales Vice President of Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc and Chief Operating Officer of FEMSA.Mr. Fernandez also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudious Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). Mr. Fernandez has been Senior Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at ITESM since 1990 and regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. Mr. Fernandez is a board member of several important Mexican companies, including Grupo Financiero BBVA-Bancomer, Grupo Cydsa, Grupo Bimbo, Industrias Penoles, and Grupo Industrial Saltillo. Mr. Fernandez received his M.B.A. from Monterrey Tec in 1978 and his B.A. in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 1976.

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