Directors and Management

  • Ricardo Ramos

    Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ramos holds a degree in industrial engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He joined SQM in 1989 as an advisor in the Finance Department. In 1991, he was transferred to the Sales Department, where he was in charge of the coordination between operations and sales. In 1993, he returned to the Finance Department as Deputy CFO. He is also on the board of Soquimich Comercial. As of 7 January 2019, Ricardo Ramos holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Company. More information
  • Pablo Altimiras

    Executive VP Nitrates & Iodine Mr. Altimiras holds a degree in industrial engineering and an MBA from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He joined SQM in 2007 as Head of Logistics Projects and after two years became Regulatory Affairs Manager. In 2010 he became Deputy Development Manager and two years later was promoted to Development and Planning Manager. He was appointed Vice-President of Development and Planning in 2016, assumed as Senior Vice-President of Sales, Lithium and Iodine at the end of 2018 and became Executive Vice-President of Iodine Nitrates in December 2021. More information
  • Gonzalo Aguirre

    General Counsel Mr. Aguirre holds a degree in law from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an LLM from Georgetown University. Prior to joining SQM, he worked at SunEdison as Head of Legal for Latin America and at AES Gener, where he served as counsel on corporate and project matters. Prior to his in-house practice, he worked for Carey, Paul Hastings LLP (as an international legal consultant) and Vial and Palma, where his practice focused on corporate and financial matters. He is admitted to practice in Chile and in Washington, D.C., as a special legal consultant. In December 2021, Gonzalo was named Vice-President of Legal. He joined SQM in April 2016 and has served as Legal Vice President since September 2016. More information
  • José Miguel Berguño

    Senior VP Corporate Services Mr. Berguño holds a degree in industrial engineering and an MBA from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He joined SQM in 1998 as a Research Engineer. Three years later, he became Supply Chain Manager and, in 2006, Human Resources Manager. From 2010 to 2011, he was the National Director of the Sence Program at the Chilean Ministry of Labor and in 2012 HR Manager at Vitamina Work Life. In 2013, he returned as SQM's Performance and Supply Chain Manager. He was appointed VP of Human Resources and Performance in 2016. In March 2019, he assumed the vice-presidency of Nitrates Operations, a position he held until December 2021, when he was named Senior Vice-President of Corporate Services. More information
  • Carlos Díaz Ortiz

    Executive VP Lithium Mr. Díaz holds a degree in industrial engineering and an MBA from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He joined SQM in 1996 as a Planning Engineer. In 2002 he became Deputy Finance Manager for the Commercial Offices and four years later was promoted to Logistics Manager. Carlos Díaz was appointed Vice President of Nitrates and Iodine Operations in 2012, Senior Vice-President of Potassium and Lithium Operations in March 2019, and Executive Vice-President of Lithium in December 2021. More information
  • Gerardo Illanes

    Chief Financial Officer Gerardo Illanes is a Civil Industrial Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and holds an MBA from Goizueta Business School of Emory University, USA. He joined SQM in 2006 and since then has held various positions in the Finance area, both in Chile and abroad. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Soquimich Comercial, and had served as the Vice-President of Corporate Finance and CFO since 2018. In December 2021, Gerardo became Vice-President of Finance. More information