Directors and Management

  • Alberto Salas

    Chairman A member of the Directors' Committee, Alberto Salas holds a degree in mining engineering from Universidad de Chile. He is a member of the boards of Cía. Minera Valle Central, CAP, ENAP, ENAEX S.A. and Amerigo Resources Ltd. He is also the president of the Universidad de Chile Mining Engineering Foundation, the Chilean Pacific Foundation, the Interamerican Mining Society and the Latin American Mining Organization. He is currently the chairman of INACAP and on the board of ABAC. More information
  • Patricio Contesse F.

    Vice-Chairman A member of the Corporate Governance Committee and the Safety, Health and Environment Committee, Patricio Contesse Fica has a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and is vice chairman of the following boards: Sociedad de Inversiones Pampa Calichera Potasios de Chile S.A., Sociedad de Inversiones Oro Blanco S.A. and Norte Grande S.A. He also serves on the board of Nitratos de Chile S.A., and previously served on the board of SQM from April 2013 to April 2015. Prior to that, he was an associate at Barros & Errázuriz Abogados from 2008 to 2011. More information
  • Gonzalo Guerrero Yamamoto

    Director A member of the Safety, Health and Environment Committee, Gonzalo Guerrero has a law degree from Universidad de Chile and a Master’s in Business Law from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. He was general counsel and alternate director of Integramédica S.A., for 7 years and was also on the board of Sociedad de Inversiones Oro Blanco S.A., Asfaltos Chilenos S.A. and VNT S.A. (Vantrust Capital Asset Management), among others, until April 2016. He is currently Executive Director of Guerrero y Asociados and sits on the boards of Sanasalud S.A., SMA Clínica Internacional S.A. (Peru) and Club Deportivo Palestino SADP. More information
  • Hernán Büchi B.

    Director A member of the Corporate Governance Committee, Hernán Büchi holds a degree in civil engineering from Universidad de Chile. He previously served on SQM's board for several years until April 2016. He is currently on the boards of Quiñenco S.A. and S.A.C.I. Falabella, among other companies. He also chairs the board of Universidad del Desarrollo. More information
  • Laurence Golborne Riveros

    Director A member of the Directors’ Committee, Laurence Golborne holds a degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Católica de Chile. He is currently on the boards of Ripley Corp. S.A. and Aventura S.A. (Peru), an advisor to the boards of Sociedad Inversiones Arrigoni S.A. and Metalúrgica Arrigoni S.A., and the chairman of Tavamay S.A. (Paraguay). Previously, he served as a minister of the Chilean government from 2010-2012, and before that was CEO of Cencosud S.A. and Corporate CFO of Gener S.A., among other positions in diverse companies. More information
  • Francisco Ugarte Larraín

    Director A member of the Corporate Governance Committee, Francisco Ugarte Larraín has a law degree from Universidad Católica de Chile and an LL.M. from University of Chicago Law School. He is a partner at Carey, Chile’s largest law firm. Mr. Ugarte has vast experience working with international and Chilean corporations and financial institutions on corporate transactions, financings, equity and debt offerings and other matters, having advised companies such as IFM Investors, CPPIB, Barrick Gold, J.P. Morgan Chase, Scotiabank, Mitsubishi Corporation, Danone and Banco de Crédito e Inversiones. He currently serves or has served on the board of several local companies, including Bci Corredores de Bolsa, Votorantim Andina and Compañía Industrial El Volcán. More information
  • Georges De Bourguignon Arndt

    Director A member of the Directors’ Committee, Georges De Bourguignon holds a degree in economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he was also on the faculty. He also has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. De Bourguignon is the co-founder and current chairman of Asset Chile S.A. and Asset Administradora General de Fondos S.A. Over the last ten years he has served on the boards of various Chilean public and private companies such as LATAM Airlines and Embotelladora Andina, where he remains on the board. As vice chairman of the board of La Polar, where he was nominated by Chilean pension funds in 2011, he led the financial restructuring and remaking of the company. After leading the acquisition of the Chilean salt producer Sal Lobos by the German group K+S, he served on its board until 2018. Before co-founding Asset, he was an executive at Citibank S.A. in Chile. More information
  • Robert J. Zatta

    Director A member of the Safety, Health and Environment Committee, Robert J. Zatta has a degree in business administration from Merrimack College and an MBA in finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He held senior management positions at the former General Foods Corporation and Campbell Soup Company. Mr. Zatta worked with Rockwood Holdings, Inc. until 2015, predominantly as the company’s CFO as well as a short period as acting CEO. Since January 2016, Mr. Zatta has been on the board of Innophos Holdings, Inc. and from March 2017 until its recent public company sale, Mr. Zatta served as a director of Nexeo Solutions, Inc. In addition, from December 2015 to September 2017, served on the Board of Trustees of Merrimack College, where he was also the chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Since December 2017, he has served as chairman of the Advisory Board of the Silberman College of Business – Fairleigh Dickinson University. More information