is Latin America’s second largest enterprise by annual revenue. Pemex was created by the Mexican government more than 70 years ago, and it is now facing significant challenges due to the energy reform bill proposed by Mexico’s President, Mr. Peña Nieto. Among the challenges that PEMEX will be facing is one of critical and profound relevance: The challenge is to move toward a “true” business and technology convergence – the sweet spot where IT and business units are strategically intertwined so that they operate almost interchangeably – to consolidate IT as a solid and dynamic partner with the oil business.
In that context, one critical building block is the development of PEMEX IT talent and the transformation of the IT business model in order to achieve a real benefit through optimization and upgrading the organization. José Ignacio Sordo and his Consulting firm CIO Eureka LLC, based in Chicago, IL, USA have played a pivotal role in helping us identify where our IT top talent stands based on the IT Resilient Leadership Model®. Mr. Sordo and his team have also built a plan to identify the opportunities and challenges for our IT leaders to excel in the following critical aspects:
- Setting a winning direction. Success is contagious.
- Coping with stress and adversity.
- Taking risks with confidence in achieving the best results.
- Listening and communicating with transparency.
- Translating internal collaboration and external competition into actions.
- Never settling for less than the best of the vision.
- Understanding that their role is not about doing one specific task very well, but rather about having flexibility and diversity of thought.
- Demonstrating sustained competence exhibited by individuals who experience challenging conditions.
The future of Mexico will be determined by the ability of PEMEX’s people to turn visions of a grand redesign of the energy sector into implementable policies. To be sure, this is a paramount trek and only time will tell how well we perform. However, change is already under way, with the critical initial steps being Top IT talent identification and framing an IT executive training plan.
We are confident that PEMEX IT Resilient Leaders will build the right IT organization to make the transformation happen!
César Conchello Brito – August 2014
Deputy Director of Planning and Business Intelligence at PEMEX
CPG Industry Managing Director
CPG IT Executive
Latin American Finance State Ministry CIO
Worldwide Commercial Executive
“I have known Jesús Sánchez for over 25 years and he has consistently exhibits leadership presence that instills confidence. He is trustworthy and credible. Jesús is among the few IT colleagues I have ever met who learns extremely quickly and visualize the most complex challenges such as “parallel computing”, “modeling and business process reengineering” in the financial world. I always enjoyed working with him as he brings out the best in his team, partners and key stakeholders. He works through others and inspires them to be the best they can be; elevates morale through words and actions. Jesús is a driven leader with a can-do-attitude with intense desire to be better or be more effective every day, in spite of the challenges he has faced both at the academic level (ITESM, ENST) but also at Consar for the past 6 years. Definitely, I’d highly recommend Jesús for a CIO role in any medium to large corporation. He has an extraordinary capacity to take stretching, informed risks to deliver breakthrough results sooner rather than later.”
Latin American CPG Industry CIO
Latin American State Ministry CIO
IT Strategist & Planner Executive
Latin American Banking Industry Security Officer
Greater China Retailer Executive