Juan F. Roche has a 30 years career as global executive, consultant and board member in the US, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

His last corporate position was as CEO of Gruma Corporation, a US$ 2 billion Mexican multinational company based in the US.

Previously he was with Nabisco, first as President of Europe, Middle East and Africa and later as President of Latin America.

He started his career at Mavesa, then a Procter and Gamble joint venture where he grew through the marketing, logistics and finance ranks to become the CEO. In this position he led the buy-out of P&G stake and transformed the company to a NYSE publicly traded regional player with operations in the Andean Region. This conversion was featured as a case study at Harvard’s Business School, and Forbes magazine featured Mavesa in the top 20 best-run small companies in the world.

He has a Bachelors of Science degree from the Catholic University in Caracas, an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego in California.

His research interest is in Corporate Social Responsibility and Organizational Behavior and Culture. Currently he is a senior partner at Renaissance Growth Advisors, a business-consulting firm, and an adjunct professor at the USD School of Leadership and Educational Sciences. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors at the USD School of Peace and Justice.