This new hire by the company will help drive organic growth in Mexico following its acquisition of Megafarma, a pharmaceutical and food ingredient distributor. The deal, which closed in January, establishes Azelis’ presence into the Latin American and provides a foundation for the growth of additional businesses in Latin America, according to the company.
“Mexico is a critical market for Azelis Americas Care business,” said Frank Bergonzi, CEO and president, Azelis Americas. “Cristina Cortes is a significant hire to develop and grow the Azelis Americas Care business throughout Mexico. Her extensive experience and knowledge of the market make her a perfect executive to achieve our goal in Mexico.”
“The opportunity for the growth of the Azelis Care business in Mexico was part of the strategic rationale for the joining of forces with Azelis. The Megafarma team looks forward to working closely with Cristina as we build out a unique product and principal portfolio to benefit our customers,” noted Martin Hernandez, general director, Megafarma.
Based in Mexico City, Cortes will be tasked with building out the CARE sales team and related functions in Mexico. Prior to Azelis, she spent almost 20 years at Solvay, and its predecessor Rhodia, as a business manager with focus on the personal care, pharmaceutical, and flavour and fragrances markets. Since 2000, at various times, she was responsible for different business units in México including the pharmaceutical, personal care, home care and perfumery businesses, among others.