Our Leadership

foFernando Ortiz-Barbachano, CPC is President of Barbachano International (BIP) and also co-founder and Principal of Challenger Gray & Christmas S.C. in Mexico. His entrepreneurial background in formulating strategy and launching aggressive business growth campaigns in the Mexican market brings a highly desirable value to our organization as well as his in-depth experience in human relations. Fernando currently directs both Barbachano International and our sister company Challenger Gray & Christmas S.C. in Mexico. He has positioned both companies amongst the industry leaders in their respective categories and continues to grow them in double digit numbers. Prior to joining Barbachano International, Fernando was Sales & Marketing Director for Ernest & Julio Gallo Wine Company in Mexico. Additionally, Fernando has a financial services business development background with global leaders like New York Life. He earned his Bachelor degree in Business Administration – Finance from San Diego State University and has received the Certified Personnel Consultant certification by the National Association of Personnel Services. Fernando is a recognized industry expert by The Wall Street Journal, Twin Plant News, Mexico Now, and Mexico Watch amongst others on Mexico employment and labor issues and trends. He is on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Corporation of Tijuana, Mexico, an active member of The Society of Human Resource Management, and National Association of Personnel Services. He is a member- owner of NPA – The Worldwide Recruiting Network and Career Star Group, an international alliance of the world’s leading Career Transition and Outplacement providers. Fernando is trilingual (English, Spanish and Italian) and is a frequent speaker and expert on Mexico labor issues, talent acquisition, retention, and change management. fernando@bipsearch.com


jrsmallJorge Roldan, CPC is Vice-President of Barbachano International (BIP). He joined the firm in 1999 to develop and grow the manufacturing search practice throughout Mexico, Latin America and the United States. Over the years he has steered the manufacturing search division into an industry leader. Jorge is a fifteen year industry veteran in Executive Search coupled with HR and Supply Chain roles in the Manufacturing Consumer Electronic sectors, both domestically and in Mexico. Jorge holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Marketing and is a Certified Personnel Consultant by the National Association of Personnel Services. He is actively involved in APICS and is a past Director of Public Relations (Board Member) of the Society of Human Resources, in Mexico. Jorge is fluent in English and Spanish and has extensive experience working in environments involving Japanese, Mexican and American cultures. He has built an extremely successful recruitment practice in Human Resources, Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing Operations, and oversees the recruitment training program at BIP.  Jorge is an industry veteran who has completed over 400 key leadership search assignments in the Americas. jorge@bipsearch.com


flFrancisco De La Lama, CPC is Vice-President of Barbachano International (BIP) and currently leads the Commercial/Sales and Finance search divisions. He has over 15 years’ experience in business development/sales, marketing, and operations with past leadership roles such as VP of Sales at Cintiva Financial Corp. and Chief Operating Officer at Telcom Service Inc. where he successfully led sales teams’ nationwide, expanded channels into international and Latin markets, increased market share, and led the introduction of a new line of services in the Finance and BPO sectors. He joined the firm in 2011 to expand BIP’s market share in the Commercial and Finance sectors focusing on Medical Device/Biotech, Oil and Gas, Consumer Products, Industrial and IT/Software industries. Francisco studied at Universidad Anahuac del Norte in Mexico City and is also a Certified Personnel Consultant by the National Association of Personnel Services. He has in depth experience working in multicultural environments and is fluent in Spanish and English. In addition, Francisco is a Board member of Premier Brands Inc., a publicly traded company and consumer goods incubator in the business of creating, acquiring and marketing consumer products. In his spare time, Francisco loves to train cross-fit and swim. He is a true ”fitness-aholic.” francisco@bipsearch.com


rlsmallRicardo Lopez-Mendia, CPC is Senior Search Manager for the Technical practice at Barbachano International since 2001. He specializes in recruiting key technical management and specialized professionals in Engineering, Quality, Design, Continuous Improvement, Production, Maintenance, and Operations for Manufacturing, Medical, Automotive, Aerospace, High Tech, and Telecommunications operations. His previous professional background in Engineering, MIS and Operations management with Ingram Micro and Telmex, Latin Americas’ largest telecommunications company, has helped him build a rapidly growing technical practice throughout the Americas. Ricardo holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and a Bachelor degree in Systems Engineering, graduating with honors from The University of The Americas and is a Certified Personnel Consultant by the National Association of Personnel Services. Ricardo is fluent in English and Spanish and is very active in technical associations like CANIETI and ASQ. Since taking over our technical search practice, he has made it grow in double digits on a yearly basis and has successfully completed over 300 key search assignments in Mexico, Latin America and USA. ricardo@bipsearch.com


hcHector Casagrande is Managing Director for Challenger Gray & Christmas in Mexico. He has steered the company to double revenue in Mexico in the last three years. He is also a Certified Outplacement Career Coach with previous experience leading our outplacement coaching division.  His professional career spans over 30 years of success in diverse business sectors. Hector began his career as a Supply Chain Manager with Grupo Cetto, the second largest Mexican winery. He then moved into the financial services industry as a Regional Credit and Risk Analysis Manager for the National Exterior Commerce Bank and then with Banco Santander as Government Sector Director. He was also involved as Business Development Manager in the residential real estate development industry for Grupo PromoCasa, and for eight years was Mexico National Sales Director for Multinational Accounts at AT&T / Alestra. He has a Master’s degree in Human Resources from CETYS University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is also an active Board Member of the Human Resource Association of Tijuana, Mexico and has been a member of the Mexican Association of Business Administrators. He is also a recognized lecturer and speaker in the areas of human resources, career planning, and Strategic Sales and Marketing for numerous universities and business trade associations in México. hector@challengergraymexico.com


rnrsmallRosa Nelly Ramirez is Outplacement Director for Northeastern Mexico for Challenger Gray & Christmas S.C. Nelly joined our firm in 2007 to lead in the expansion of our outplacement practice in North Eastern Mexico where she has directed the region to double digit yearly growth for the last seven years. She has a Master of Science in Organizational Development from Universidad de Monterrey, a Master in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in English-Spanish Translation at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. She has certifications in Team Building from the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science in Bethel, Maine and is certified as a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner. In addition Rosa is trained in Gestalt Psychotherapy and Emotional Intelligence.  Rosa has over 23 year’s experience in human resources including several HR management assignments with Delphi and Delco Electronics, and the founding of Scala Consultores in 1994, a well-established training and organizational development firm in Reynosa, Mexico. Rosa is an expert at facilitating “team building” and leadership competency development programs and working with diverse and multi-cultural groups in Mexico and the U.S. She is a member of ASTD, the American Society of Training and Development. She frequently works as a volunteer lecturer at different universities and community service organizations. She is past President and member of the Reynosa Association of Professional Women since 1985. rosanelly@challengergray.com


cfsmallCarmina Flores is Director of Executive Coaching at our sister company Challenger Gray & Christmas S.C.  She has a Bachelor’s in Industrial Psychology and studies in Human Development at the Iberoamerican University in Mexico City. She holds a Degree in Total Quality Management from San Diego State University.  She is a former President of the Industrial Psychologists Association in Mexico, past President of the Training Commission and member of the Board of Directors of the Mexico Entrepreneurial Center – Coparmex.   Her experience includes holding Vice President and Director level positions in Human Resources and Organizational Development for companies like General Electric, Banco del Atlantico, and Seguros Olmeca (Allstate), as well as her own Organizational Development and Profile Assessment practice for over 15 years.  She has been a lecturer in the areas of Personnel Selection and Training, Organizational Development, Executive Coaching, Interviewing Techniques, and Human Relation subjects in numerous Universities throughout Mexico. carmina@bipsearch.com