Francisco Sanánez is the CEO of Empresas PMC, one of Venezuela’s leading sugar and alcohol producers, and the former President of Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA). Under his leadership, IESA opened operations in Ciudad del Saber, Panama, completed a third accreditation granted by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and reasserted IESA’s leadership as one of the best Latin American business schools. Previously, he served as Chief Marketing Officer at CANTV, and was a Partner at McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Sanánez received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Universidad Simón Bolívar and a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering from Boston University. He also obtained a master’s in business administration from Columbia Business School on a grant from Fundación Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho program, which was formerly administered by Laspau.