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

    Senior Vice-Presidente of Sales, Lithium and 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, and at the end of 2018 he assumed the role of Senior Vice-President of Sales, Lithium and Iodine. 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. More information
  • Frank Biot

    Senior Vice-President of Sales, Nitrates and Potassium Mr. Biot holds a Master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He also holds an MBA from the Catholic University of Leuven. In 1984, he joined Nitrate Corporation of Chile Ltd. established in London. In 1991 he was promoted to President of SQM Europe, SQM’s regional headquarters for Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. In 2000 he became Commercial Vice President of Specialty Plant Nutrition and in 2016 was appointed Vice President of Fertilizers, Regulatory Affairs, Quality and Logistics. In October of 2018, Frank Biot assumed the role of Sr. Vice-President of Sales, Nitrates and Potassium, the position he currently holds. More information
  • José Miguel Berguño

    Senior Vice-President of Nitrate and Iodine Operations 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. As of March 2019 he has assumed the vice-presidency of Nitrates and Iodine Operations. More information
  • Carlos Díaz

    Senior Vice-President of Potassium and Lithium Operations 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. He was appointed Vice President of Nitrates and Iodine Operations in 2012. As of March 2019, Carlos Díaz holds the role of Senior Vice-President of Potassium and Lithium Operations. 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 since 2018 serves as the Vice-President of Corporate Finance and CFO. More information
  • Raúl Puerto

    Internal Audit Manager Mr. Puerto has 18 years’ experience in auditing, risk management, internal control and compliance in several multinational companies in Chile and Latin America. He holds a degree in industrial engineering from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Colombia and an MBA from Universidad de Chile and Tulane University. In 2016 he joined SQM as the Internal Audit Manager. More information
  • Natalia Pizarro

    Senior Vice-President of People and Performance Natalia Pizarro is a civil engineer from the Universidad de Santiago. She began at SQM in 2007 as a Management Engineer, being promoted the following year to leader of Management Control and, in 2010, she became Technical Director under the vicepresidency of Nueva Victoria Operations, where she was responsible for the area of Investment, Planning Studies, and a research pilot plant. In 2013 she took on the challenge of leading the implementation of the Lean methodology with a pilot program in Coya Sur, subsequently continuing this work under the vicepresidency of Potassium-Lithium Operations. Five years later, in November of 2018, she became People Senior Director, and in April 2019 she was named Sr. Vice-President of People and Performance. More information
  • Francisco Sánchez

    Risk Management and Compliance Officer Francisco Sánchez holds a degree in Civil Industrial Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He is currently studying an MBA at the same university. He joined SQM in 2008 as a Management Control Engineer; two years later he became a Finance Engineer at SQMC S.A., being promoted to Process and Continuous Improvement Manager SAP, also at SQMC S.A. In 2012 he took on new challenges as Director of Administration and Finance in the commercial office of SQM in Mexico. In the years 2014 and 2015 he held the role of Director of Administration and Finance of SQM for Latin America, and in January of 2017, Francisco took on the role of Project Director of Compliance; and in March of 2019 he was named Risk Management and Compliance Officer of SQM. More information