Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Diesco Ltd.
Manuel Diez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, United States, with a bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Computer Science. From 1986 to 1988 he worked as Financial Analyst at Philip Morris in New York City, and then moved to Chicago and graduated from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University with an MBA degree in Marketing and Finance. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his significant contributions to the quality of life of the university’s students.
After working at the marketing department in the Puerto Rico Office of Procter & Gamble he worked with Leo Burnet & Co. advertising agency as Brand Coordinator on the Kraft account in Chicago for two years. He moved back to Santo Domingo in 1992, where he initiated his leading career in the Marketing, Sales and International Commerce Departments of Polyplas and Termopac, then part of the Petroquímica group and leaders in their fields in plastic packaging.
Today, Mr. Diez is the Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Diesco Limited. The group performs business regionally in the Caribbean, Central America and the southeastern United States. Diesco operates in four main business segments: Plastics Packaging represented in its companies Termopac Industrial and Polyplas Dominicana; Manufacturing and Distribution of Non-Alcoholic Beverages with its leading company Pac-Tech International; Real Estate and Project Management with Interra and Investment Services represented by Advanced Management Group.
Mr. Diez has served in multiple business associations. He was the President of the Dominican National Business Council (CONEP), the leading business association of the private sector for two consecutive periods (2010-2012 & 2012-2014). Prior to this role, he was President of the National Industrial Association (AIRD, also for two consecutive periods 2007-2008 and 20092010. In 2004, he served as President of the Young Entrepreneurs Association (ANJE).
He is also founding member and President of the Board of Trustees of Barna, the first independent school of management in the Dominican Republic. He has also served as member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (AMCHAM); Dominican-Guatemalan Chamber of Commerce, Dominican Stock Exchange (BVRD) and Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia (FINJUS). He served as Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Dominican Chapter for 2006-2007 and for the Caribbean Region in 2008-2009.