Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), also known as Tecnológico de Monterrey or simply as Tec, is a private, nonsectarian and coeducational multi-campus university based in Monterrey, Mexico. Founded in 1943 by industrialists in the city of Monterrey, ITESM has since grown to include 31 campuses in 25 cities throughout the country becoming one of the most recognized in Latin America.
ITESM was the first university to be connected to the Internet in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking world, having the top-ranked business school in the region according to The Economist and being one of the leaders in patent applications among Mexican universities. Students at the Ignacio A. Santos School of Medicine has consistently score some of the highest grades in the National Exam for Medical Residencies. The medical school offers the only MD-PhD program available in Mexico, in partnership with the Houston Methodist Hospital.
Salvador Alva, President
Salvador Alva has been a renowned business leader with a solid career in several world-class companies. Amongst his achievements, the promotion of investment for new industry entrepreneurship stands out.
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, he started a successful professional career at Cervecería Moctezuma, where he held several management positions in the areas of logistics, new business development, planning and marketing over ten years.
He then joined PepsiCo Group, where he led different divisions throughout 24 years of accomplished goals until he was appointed president of the Latin American region and member of the global executive board.
Recently, Salvador founded a business incubator, Novo Capital, which supports and incentivizes a number of start-up companies.
Throughout his successful career, he has been known for promoting a culture of organizational transformation that focuses upon the development of skills, empowerment, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In 2005, due to his entrepreneurial vision and management skills, Fortune magazine recognized him as one of the most influential minority leaders in the U.S.
He is board member of several Mexican companies and has written two books: Tu Vida, tu Mejor Negocio, (Your Life, Your Best Business), and Empresa Admirada: la receta (Recipe Book for an Exemplary Business).
On September 12, 2011, the board of the Tecnológico de Monterrey System appointed him new president of the Tecnológico de Monterrey System, taking office on October 3 of that year. As of December, 2013, he has been president of Tecnológico de Monterrey.