Management Team

José de Jesús Valdez Simancas

Chief Executive Officer

José de Jesús Valdez has been CEO of Alpek since 1988. He joined the Company in 1976 and has held several senior management positions, including CEO of Petrocel, Indelpro and Polioles. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mexico’s National Chemical Industry Association (Asociación Nacional de la Industria Química – ANIQ), President of the Energy Commission for Mexico’s Confederation of Industrial Chambers (Confederación de Cámaras Industriales de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos -CONCAMIN), and President of Nuevo Leon’s Industry Chamber (Cámara de la Industria de Transformación de Nuevo León – CAINTRA). He holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) as well as a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Eduardo Escalante Castillo

Chief Financial Officer

Eduardo Escalante was appointed CFO of Alpek in 2013. He joined the company in 2009 as President of the Caprolactam and Fertilizers business unit. Prior to this, Mr. Escalante held several management positions in Alfa, the holding company as well as subsidiaries: Hylsamex, Sigma Alimentos, and Alestra before being named CEO of Colombin Bel, and President of AOL Mexico from 1999 to 2006. He holds a Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), a Master’s in Engineering from Stanford University, and attended the Accounting and Financial Management Executive Program at Columbia Business School.

Felipe Garza Medina

President of the PTA Business Unit

Felipe Garza is President of the PTA business unit, a position he has since 2008. Prior to this, he was CEO of Indelpro. Mr. Garza joined Alfa in 1977 and has held numerous positions in the company, including CEO of Galvacer, a subsidiary of Hylsamex (formerly owned by Alfa). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Cornell University.

Jorge P. Young Cerecedo

President of the PET and Staple Fibers Business Unit

Jorge Young became President of the PET and Staple Fibers business unit in 2012. Mr. Young joined Alpek in 1990 and has held several positions including Executive VP, PET resins and VP of Planning and Administration at DAK Americas LLC. He holds a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), and an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jorge González Escobedo

President of the Polyester Filament Business Unit

Jorge González has been the President of the Polyester Filament business since 2005. He joined Alpek´s Polyester Filament business unit in 1974, where he served as VP of Industrial Filaments, among various other positions in diverse areas such as export sales, processes and production. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM).

Alejandro Llovera Zambrano

President of the Polypropylene Business Unit

Alejandro Llovera has been President of the Polypropylene business unit since 2008. Mr. Llovera joined Alfa in 1985, holding several executive positions such as Director of Human Resources, and several senior management positions at Alpek’s Polyester Filament business unit. Mr. Llovera recently concluded his term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mexico’s National Chemical Industry Association (Asociación Nacional de la Industria Química – ANIQ). He holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) and an MBA from Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas (IPADE).

José Luis Zepeda Peña

President of the EPS and Specialty Chemicals Business Unit

José Luis Zepeda has been President of the EPS and Specialty Chemicals business unit since 1999. He joined Alpek in 1986, serving as Planning VP, Finance & Administrative VP and Commercial VP at Grupo Petrotemex. Mr. Zepeda also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mexico’s National Chemical Industry Association (Asociación Nacional de la Industria Química – ANIQ). He holds a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, a Master’s degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and an MBA from Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM).

Gustavo Talancón Gómez

President of the Caprolactam and Fertilizer Business Unit

Gustavo Talancón was appointed President of the Caprolactam and Fertilizer Business Unit in 2013. Prior to this, he served as CEO of Terza, an Alfa subsidiary involved in the production and sales of flooring and carpets. Between 1989 and 2009, Mr. Talancón held various management positions at Alpek’s Polypropylene and Polyester Filament business units. He holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) and completed studies in business administration at Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas (IPADE).