Juan-Luis has 25+ years of experience starting up and leading multi-plant and multi-country business units in diverse industrial sectors (automotive, aerospace, electromechanical and consumer products) with high concentration in Latin America. He is an entrepreneurial mind set professional with a unique combination of supply chain, global manufacturing operations, M&A integration and business development that has allowed companies to achieve sustainable and profitable growth. Juan-Luis has significant experience in restructuring undervalued and underperforming businesses through footprint and product portfolio optimization, low-cost procurement, low-cost manufacturing, innovation, and speed to market strategies. He is a pioneer in TPS Lean Manufacturing, Operational Excellence, Hoshin Planning, 6 Sigma, TOC, QFD, DOE Taguchi, Shainin, Shingo, K&T, 8D, SPC, PFMEA, APQP, DFM and many other manufacturing technologies and improvement initiatives.
Juan-Luis is very well versed in all the development phases of international new green field manufacturing operations, and he has led the development and execution of business plans for new markets from the site selection, staffing, start up, ramp up and all the way through the optimization and stabilization stages, with high concentration in Latin America, including border operations (maquiladoras). He is fully bilingual English-Spanish, and his peers characterized him as a decisive and assertive servant leader at all organizational levels from the C-Suite/Board to the front line personnel, very energetic with outstanding cross-cultural communication and excellent motivator with top notch coaching and training skills.
Prior to joining The ProAction Group, Juan-Luis held multiple management positions such as QA Manager, Corporate 6Sigma Master Black Belt, Director of Quality, Director of Engineering, General Manager and VP/GM of a business unit with revenue exceeding $1B. Most recently as an EVP/Executive Director for an Industrial/Oil & Gas electronics and valve manufacturer Juan-Luis successfully integrated high mix, vertically integrated electronic and mechatronic business units into the business portfolio as well as led the acquisition of 2 companies, adding $20M in revenue to the business.
As VP/GM for a consumer products conglomerate, Juan-Luis was responsible to start up and grow Latin American operations, including 3 US-MX Maquiladoras. He successfully started the first manufacturing plant in the US-MX border in nine months, with no legal or operational issues. He negotiated a favorable union bargain agreement with the local union and implemented several management processes that became company best practices. Juan-Luis has led several plant relocations, decommissions and turnarounds in the last 15 years and was key contributor in the development of a successful sales strategy for emerging channels of distribution in México and the Dominican Republic.
During his career Juan-Luis has performed multiple successful operational excellence transformation projects for several manufacturing companies achieving cumulatively more than $35M in savings and cost avoidance as well as several ISO/QS/TS16949 certifications.
Juan-Luis holds a BS in Industrial Physical Engineering, MBA in Global Leadership and MSE in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from I.T.E.S.M/EGADE Business School. He has several certifications such as Toyota Production System, Lean 6Sigma Master Black Belt, QS9000 Lead Auditor, Theory of Constraints (TOC) and Total Quality Control. His team was awarded with the Maximum Excellence Award of Nissan in 1996 and Presidential Award in 2006.