The Tecma Group appoints new Chairman and CEO K. Alan Russell

25 May 2018

The Tecma Group, a Mexican shelter service provider, have appointed K. Alan Russell as the firm’s new Chairman and CEO. Russell was promoted from within, alongside the new President of Operations, Mark Earley, and new COO, Jose Grajeda. 

The Tecma Group or Mexico Shelter is a nearshore outsourcing operation which offers a diverse range of professional services to over 75 clients. The Texan-based firm has been in the nearshore industry for 31 years and has offices in both the United States and Mexico specialising in Mexican production and shelter operations. 

The Mexico Shelter business-model services US companies which manufacture in Mexico with consulting services including human resources, payroll and benefits, accounting, facility management and supply chain logistics, among others. The Tecma Group of Companies also consult with US companies looking to conduct shelter business operations, performing due diligence assessments, business plan formulation, site selection and building choice and facility start up supervision.

K. Alan Russell is the co-founder of Tecma and will take on the extra responsibility of Chairman as well as continuing on as CEO. Russell started the company over 30 years ago and has grown the company to become one of Mexico’s biggest shelter service providers.

“One of the great pleasures of my job is elevating trusted and proven partners in business,” said Russell. “Mark and Jose each have more than 30 years of experience in this business. They are true bilingual, binational manufacturing and logistics experts that help Tecma, as Mexico Shelter Services Provider, to be the best in the industry. Together with our thousands of team members across the United States and Mexico, we’ve built a special place to work.”The Tecma Group appoints new Chairman and CEO K. Alan RussellAlongside Russell, longtime Tecma employees Mark Earley and Jose Grajeda will also be moving up the managerial ladder. Earley is a certified CPA and corporate tax and accounting expert who joined Tecma 10 years ago as CFO. Before joining the firm, he worked at business process and technology management professional services firm Genpact.

“It is a tremendous honor to become Tecma’s second President,” Earley said. “Alan Russell has built a company with a reputation for quality and caring not just for its customers, but for its employees as well. It is truly a great place to work. I look forward to working with Alan and the rest of the executive team to continue that tradition.”

Grajeda has been with Tecma for nearly 20 years and has served as the organization’s Central Division Vice President of Operations for the past 10 years. He is an industrial engineer and maquiladora [foreign run export orientated factory in Mexico] operations expert helping clients establish manufacturing operations across Mexico.

“The COO position may be new, but the challenge remains the same: to make Tecma the best place to work in Mexico, and to deliver quality and value to our clients,” Grajeda said. “I am excited about this opportunity, and I am privileged to be working with such a well-respected and experienced management team.”

The Techa Group was recently listed as the 32nd best place to work in Mexico. Russell is also credited with creating a truly unique work culture which prioritises the growth and development of its employees. As a result, the Great Places to Work Institute has featured the firm on its list for four consecutive years.

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Brazilian Bain partner Mário Conde joins firm's Dutch office

11 April 2019

Mário Conde, a partner at Bain & Company in Brazil, has relocated to the Netherlands, where he has been appointed a partner in the consulting firm’s Amsterdam office.

The 36-year-old has been with the global strategy and management consulting firm since 2011, when he joined after completing his MBA at INSEAD in France. During his tenure at the firm, Conde rapidly ascended the ranks, appointed a partner in December 2017. 

Having served Bain & Company in its São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro offices, Conde has now decided to pursue his career in Europe. Commenting on his move to the Netherlands, a country of 16 million people, Stephen Bertrand, Managing Partner of Bain’s Amsterdam office, said: “We are delighted that Mário has chosen to proceed his career in Europe within our office.”

The Canadian-origin country leader added that Conde brings a wealth of relevant and valuable experience to the Dutch practice. He specializes in topics including strategy and organization, customer strategy and marketing, performance improvement, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate finance. Conde also gained extensive experience with digital transformation, in particular advanced analytics, topics.

Brazilian Bain partner Mário Conde joins firm's Dutch officeFrom an industry perspective, Conde’s work has mainly been in the financial services industry. In Brazil, he advised several large insurance companies (property, casualty, life and personal insurance, reinsurance) and other companies on insurance-related matters (healthcare, auto insurance), as well as helped dozens of banks and players in the payments space. “Mário’s experience matches closely with the type of projects we deliver in the Netherlands,” said Bertrand. 

Established in 1998, Bain’s Amsterdam office has over 140 consultants and is one of the firm’s most international across its footprint of 57 offices globally. “Located at the crossroads of Europe, and with our outstanding track record in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is an attractive place to live and work. Bain’s Amsterdam office has a long history of welcoming transfers from all over the world.” Last year the Dutch office was named the country’s best employer in a ranking based on employee feedback. 

Conde’s appointment comes shortly after Bain in the Netherlands promoted the American Kyle Weza to its partner team. Other non-Dutch partners among its 15-strong partner team include Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Anna Thal Larsen and Steven Tallman.

In other senior appointments at Bain unveiled this week, Jean-Pierre Felenbok was named Managing Partner for Southeast Asia and Peter Stumbles as Australia and New Zealand Managing Partner.