Cristina Cortes photoWestport, CT – Azelis Americas, LLC has hired Cristina Cortes as Sales Director Care Division, Mexico, to lead the Azelis Americas CARE business in Mexico. Azelis closed on its acquisition of Megafarma, the premier pharmaceutical and food ingredient distributor in Mexico, in January 2020, establishing Azelis’ presence into the Latin American and providing a foundation for the growth of additional businesses in Latin America. Based in Mexico City, Cortes will be tasked with building out the CARE sales team and related functions in Mexico.

Highlights & rationale

  • Cristina Cortes will lead the Azelis Americas Personal Care and Home Care expansion into Mexico.
  • Azelis Americas’ expansion into the Latin America with Megafarma provides the opportunity to grow in other market segments, such as plastics, foam, CASE, personal care, and household & industrial cleaning
  • This new role will help drive organic growth in Mexico following the strategic acquisition of Megafarma.

Frank Bergonzi, CEO and President, Azelis Americas, commented: “Mexico is a critical market for Azelis Americas Care business . Cristina Cortes is a significant hire to develop and grow the Azelis Americas Care business throughout Mexico. Her extensive experience and knowledge of the market make her a perfect executive to achieve our goal in Mexico.” 

Martin Hernandez, general director, Megafarma, added, “The opportunity for the growth of the Azelis Care business in Mexico was part of the strategic rationale for the joining of forces with Azelis. The Megafarma team looks forward to working closely with Cristina as we build out a unique product and principal portfolio to benefit our customers.”

“I look forward to growing the personal care, homecare and industrial cleaning business in Mexico for Azelis Americas. Megafarma’s deep experience in biologics and botanicals provides an excellent platform to expand the Azelis CARE product line throughout Mexico. I am excited to join Azelis’ team of innovative professionals providing the best solutions for clients across the industry,” commented Cortes.

Prior to Azelis, Cortes spent almost 20 years at Solvay, and its predecessor Rhodia, as a business manager with focus on the personal care, pharmaceutical, and flavour and fragrances markets. Since 2000, at various times, she was responsible for different business units in México including the Pharmaceutical , Personal Care, Home Care, Perfumery & Performance, Rare Earths and Composite Materials businesses.

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