Juan Ernesto de Bedout
Group President, Latin American Operations, Kimberly-Clark Corporation - Juan Ernesto de Bedout is group president of Latin American Operations for Kimberly-Clark, maker of Huggies, Kleenex, and Scott, where he is responsible for the business units in 20 Central, South American, and Caribbean countries. He joined the company in 1981 as a managing director, and following subsequent roles as general manager, vice president, and president, he was elected to his current position in 1999. In his tenure, he has led numerous expansions, mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliances, reaching mostly number one and two market shares in every country. Blending multiple entrepreneurship styles to form a winning culture, many of the companies are ranked among the Best Employers or Great Places to Work. Mr. de Bedout is also a director of VF Corporation, maker of lifestyle brands such as Nautica, Wrangler, and The North Face. Additionally, he is a member of the Penn State Enterprise Integration Industry Advisory Board and Purdue?s Engineering Advisory Council. Born in Medellin, Colombia, he earned his industrial engineering degrees from Purdue and received the university's Outstanding Industrial Engineer (1998), Distinguished Engineering Alumnus (2000), and Engineering Alumni Association (2002) awards.