Joining SABMiller as Commercial Vice President for Colombia’s largest beverage company, Bavaria in 2005 Mauricio Leyva was then appointed Marketing Vice President in 2006 and later promoted to President of SABMiller’s Central America Division in 2009.
His next step was taken three years later, when he accepted the challenge of managing Peru’s largest beverage company, as President of Backus & Johnston SAA. The following year in January 2013 Mauricio took on the role of Managing Director of SAB (Pty) Ltd.
Mauricio got his start as a consultant at McKinsey & Co in Germany before earning valuable experience by moving through the ranks at America Movil, Colombia’s leading cellular operation. He left the company as Marketing and Sales Vice President in 2003 to move on to Avianca – Colombia’s leading airline, this time in the seat of Marketing, Operations and Sales Vice President which then lead him to join SABMiller in 2005.
With knowledge earned across a wide range of industry sectors, Mauricio is well-versed in business transformation, having led teams that orchestrated the due diligence process to sell / merge three of Colombia’s largest corporations.
Mauricio has been widely praised for his ‘humble’ leadership style, focusing on training groups of people to become teams. Mauricio’s personal passion is the pursuit of sustainable development, and he has seeded a socially responsible culture deep within all the companies he has touched.
Mauricio holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia and a degree in Specialization in International Management from the Universite de Nancy in France. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.