Interview with Alonso Quintana

Chief Executive OfficerICA

"Our response to the big shock of four years ago demonstrated the flexibility and resilience of our economy."

"We are a company that really affects many more people and many more stakeholders than one would think from just a financial perspective."

"...we try to work closely and proactively with the government, not by waiting to see when the next bid for a specific project is, but by using our perspective and experience to help them to understand the kind of projects the country needs."

"Our philosophy is always to partner with local companies, who can then benefit from our experience and knowledge."

"The search for talent is another thing that keeps me up at night. There is a huge transformation going on inside the company on this. We’re ‘institutionalising’ talent management. Previously, it was more of a human resources function, but now we call it ‘human capital’."

"We also try to identify successors for each of the key jobs. Because it’s something that we look at all the time, it’s starting to become engrained in our culture."

"It used to be the case that we guided the company according to what the market was expecting, and that meant perhaps growing even more than we should have, or really worrying about the next quarterly report. Now we’ve become very open to the market."

"In our industry, we depend a lot on transparency, on reputation. So when we say that we are transparent, when we say that we are a real institution, we have proof of this because of how we manage our corporate governance."

"I think leadership has definitely changed in many companies and in ours in particular. It’s changed because we’ve become a more horizontal company. In the culture that we had previously, the company was more vertical and hierarchical."

"We’re building an organisation where you can actually be a leader and show it by solving problems and being practical. As a result, you will gain opportunities to become more important within the company."

"That has really changed: now you see great leaders coming up very quickly because of how they solved a specific problem and how practical they were in how they built teams. It doesn’t really matter what their positions are."


As part of PwC's 16th Annual Global CEO Survey, we spoke with Alonso Quintana, Chief Executive Officer of ICA. In this short video, Alonso talks about stakeholder engagement, the company's evolution to a flatter management structure, and key leadership qualities.

Alonso Quintana is Chief Executive Officer, head of the Executive Committee, and a member of the board of Empresas ICA, S.A.B. de C.V., Mexico’s largest construction and infrastructure operations company. From 2007 to 2011, he was ICA’s Chief Financial Officer, where he secured the financing for the most rapid growth in ICA’s history.

Mr. Quintana joined ICA in 1994. He is a civil engineering graduate of the Universidad Iberoamericana, and has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.
  These interviews contain the opinions and views of the CEOs interviewed, and do not necessarily represent the opinions and views of PwC.


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