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Lorenzo Guirola
Executive Country Manager in Processing and Custody of Securities , Private Sector company
San Salvador, El Salvador
A self-motivated, hands-on, energetic executive with solid experience in continuos process improvement, reorganization of areas and processes to achieve improvement and higher efficiency and cost reduction. Solid interpersonal skills to create high performance teams, solid financial acumen. Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Fully committed to obtaining company objectives through team work and KPI´s.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Finance/Accounting, Procurement
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Private Sector, Social Enterprise, Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Professional Experience:
After getting my master´s degree from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, I started working in a "family-owned" company which turned out to be an interesting experience, but I felt I needed to experience tougher challenges in order to grow personally and professionally, and I then decided to start looking for a new job. Fruit of the Loom, Inc offered me the position of Country Project Manager and I was in charge of analyzing, planning and executing projects. During this time I achieved my Black Belt Six Sigma Certification in Statistical Process Control. This is the type of challenge I was looking for, as I was then responsible for creating the Process Improvement Department in the six manufacturing plants in El Salvador, train the people to view everything as a process and to define actions and measuring systems that would help them understand the process and make informed and sound decisions. This has been the most rewarding stage in my professional career, as most of the people I trained went on to become process improvement managers, plant managers, or were moved to another country. This is what a manager should do, develop his or her people so they can go on to bigger and better things. The company then moved me to create and start the sales operation in El Salvador, and once this was completed, they proceeded to move me to redesign the inventory control department so it could adapt to the increase in size and operations of the company. This was a huge challenge, as all processes, operations, supply chain, production capacity, material requirements, waste factors and others had to be thoroughly analyzed to create a system that could process this data in real time, thus providing updated information to headquarters on a monthly basis so purchasing could have a more comprehensive view of what was in stock, and what needed to be purchased. At this point in my professional career; I no longer wanted to be an executor of orders, I wanted to think, analyze and create things. I wanted to prove to myself that I was ready to develop a vision, bring it to life, and lead it. This is when I left Fruit of the Loom, and moved on to another job. This was a huge step in my professional development, but it proved to be what I had previously envisioned. I started my new job, and through my experience in process improvement, I quickly identified several operational improvement opportunities, and began to execute an "overhaul" of the operations department, primarily through integrating all operational areas into the new supply chain department. This improved efficiency, team work, communication, planning, on-time delivery, production projections, a much improved work environment, higher productivity, solid cost reductions, and an overall improved knowledge of the business as all associates shared their information in weekly meetings. I the received an offer to join a packaging company as their new regional Director of Quality and Continuous Improvement. I could not pass up this opportunity, as my leadership role was now much larger in terms of its scope, and this was a step that allowed me to continue to grow professionally. I created a regional continuous improvement department in all central american facilities, and this proved to be highly succesful because of the considerable amount of savings achieved due to waste reduction and higher efficiency and production. Unfortunately, due to market-related conditions, the company was forced to make budget cuts and I was one of them. in 2017 I was unemployed formally because the economic and political situation in the country was very complicated. In 2018 I started a new job as Country Import and Export Manager at a textile manufacturing facility which by previous agreement had a tentative end already established once my assignment of reorganizing this area was complete. In 2019 I started a new job as Executive Country Manager for the processing of securities, but looking for a new job.
I graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas in December 1991 with a B.Sc. in Marketing and a minor in advertising. In October 1992 I decided to get my Master´s degree, and I got accepted to the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. I graduated in July 1994 obtaining my MBA with emphasis on International Business in July 1994.
Affiliations and Achievements:
I served on the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in El Salvador from 1998 to 2013. I also served on the Board of Directors of the Central American Council for textiles for over 10 years, on the Board of Directors of the Salvadoran Chamber for Textiles for over 25 years, and on the Board of Directors of the Salvadoran Association of the Industrial Sector for two years. I was named as one of the representatives from the private sector of El Salvador in the free trade negotiations of CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) with the USA. I obtained a certification as a Six Sigma Black Belt in Statistical Process Control in 2001, becoming the first Fruit of the Loom employee to get it worldwide.
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    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Spanish
    El Salvador , Italy
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