Ricardo Saldarriaga is a Senior Advisor and Coach, assisting clients in the areas of Strategic Planning & Management, Intercultural Leadership and Human Capital Assessment & Development with emphasis on creating Economic, Social and Environmental Value.
With more than 35 years of Experience, Ricardo has a Global Mentality, Diverse Industry Experience and Strong Latin American Expertise. He brings excellence in Strategic Management Advise and Leading Edge Coaching to inspire and guide Business Leaders and Executives as they navigate corporate complexity and personal transformation while achieving sustainable growth and Life/Work Balance.
After Ricardo developed a successful track record during his more than twenty years in Executive Management positions at the top levels, including two roles as a turn-around CEO, he switched to the Human Capital Development field and engaged in extensive on-hands training in Consulting and Life, Executive and Business Coaching at prestigious firms.
As Senior Consultant and Regional Expert (Latin America) for Vital Wave Consulting, a Palo Alto – California consulting firm, Ricardo provided advice in emerging market growth to leading Global Organizations. Concurrently, he developed a strong practice in San Francisco as Executive Coach with David Lesser & Associates – Numina, Life Coach with Jim Warner – On Course International and Business Coach with The Shirlaws Group.
Previously, Ricardo was the CEO of TV Cable SA (now CLARO), a leading Broadband Internet and Cable TV provider, and CEO of Computec SA (now EXPERIAN Colombia), a leading Data Services and Credit Reporting company. In these turn-around roles, he was responsible for redefining the long term strategic position and reinvent these top Latin American organizations, while generating double and triple-digit growth. He also optimized profitability and introduced a culture of integrity that enabled both companies to be acquired by Key Global Players, thus generating substantial ROI for the Shareholders.
Prior to this, Ricardo was the Executive Vice President of Operations for Grupo Filmtex S.A., a Multi-Latin specialty plastics manufacturer. In this role he was responsible for spearheading the company’s international expansion that resulted in increased revenue contributing to more than 100% group’s overall growth in 3 years. He also held other executive roles at Grupo Filmtex and started his career as Financial Analyst with Bavaria S.A. (now part of AB InBev) and Exxon.
Ricardo has a Diploma in Business Administration from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia and holds a Master’s in International Business Studies (MIBS) from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, USA. He also attended Harvard University’s extension program and has Extensive Training in Life, Executive and Business Coaching from The Hay Group of London, Lee Hecht Harrison, OnCourse International, Shirlaws USA and David Lesser & Associates.
Ricardo is now based in Colombia after several years of residency in Denver, San Francisco and Miami and is fluent in English and Spanish.