Directors and Management

  • Alberto Salas

    Chairman Chairman of the Board and a member of the Directors' Committee, Mr. Salas is an Independent Director per the definition of the New York Stock Exchange and Chilean Corporations Law. He earned a degree in Mining Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Chile and holds a post-graduate degree in Corporate Finance from Adolfo Ibáñez University. He is a Board member of four companies, which include Cia. Minera Valle Central, ENAEX S. A. and Amerigo Resources Ltd. Mr. Salas is also president of the University of Chile’s Mining Engineers Foundation, the Chilean Pacific Foundation and the Latin American Mining Organization. He is currently chairman of the National Institute of Professional Training (INACAP). Mr. Salas has vast mining industry experience. After finishing his studies, he chose to start a company mining small copper mines in the Coquimbo Region of Chile. In the Tarapacá Region, he participated in medium-scale silver and gold mining projects producing Metal Doré for export to Germany. More information
  • Patricio Contesse F.

    Vice-Chairman Independent Director per the definition of the New York Stock Exchange and member of the Corporate Governance Committee and the Safety, Health and Environment Committee, Mr. Contesse is a lawyer with a degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Previously, he was a Board member of SQM from 2013 until 2015. Since 2011, he has held senior executive positions in Pampa Group, where he is also Vice Chairman of the Boards of Directors of the Pampa Group entities. Additionally, he is currently a member of the Board and Chairman of the Director’s Committee of Invercap S.A. More information
  • Gonzalo Guerrero Yamamoto

    Director Mr. Guerrero earned a law degree from the Universidad de Chile and a Masters of Business Law from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. He was General Counsel and substitute Board member of Integramédica S.A. for more than seven years and was a Director of Inversiones Oro Blanco S.A., Asfaltos Chilenos S.A., VNT S.A. (Vantrust Capital Asset Management), Club Palestino SADP and SMA Clinica Internacional S.A. (Perú), among others. Currently, he is an Executive Board member of Guerrero and Associates, Board member of Sanasalud S.A., SQM Salar S.A. and Chairman of Fundación para el desarrollo social y patrimonial de María Elena. More information
  • Hernán Büchi B.

    Director Independent Director per the definition of the New York Stock Exchange and member of the Corporate Governance Committee, Mr. Büchi earned a degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Chile. He served on the SQM Board of Directors for several years until April 2016, before rejoining in 2017. Mr. Büchi is currently a Board member of Quiñenco S.A. and S.A.C.I. Falabella, among others. He also chairs the management council at Universidad del Desarrollo. More information
  • Laurence Golborne Riveros

    Director Independent Director per the definition of the New York Stock Exchange and Chilean law and member of the Directors’ Committee, Mr. Golborne earned a degree in Industrial Civil Engineering from the Universidad Católica de Chile. He currently sits on the boards of Ripley Corp. S.A., Aventura S.A. (Peru), Sociedad Inversiones Arrigoni S.A. and Metalúrgica Arrigoni S.A., and is President of Tavamay S.A. (Paraguay). Mr. Golborne 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 at several companies. More information
  • Francisco Ugarte Larraín

    Director Independent Director per the definition of the New York Stock Exchange and member of the Corporate Governance Committee, Mr. Ugarte is a lawyer with a degree from the Universidad Católica de Chile and LL.M. from the Faculty of Law of the University of Chicago. He is a partner at Carey y Cía Ltda, the largest law firm in Chile. Mr. Ugarte has vast experience working with international and Chilean financial companies and institutions in mergers and acquisitions, financing, capital and debt offerings and other corporate matters. 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 Independent Director per the definition of the New York Stock Exchange and member of the Directors’ Committee, Mr. de Bourguignon is an economist with a degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he was a professor, and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is co-founder and current Chairman of Asset Chile S.A. and Asset General Fund Administrator S.A., and Board member of Embotelladora Andina S.A. and Grupo Tánica. Recently, he was a Board member and Chairman of the Directors’ Committee of LATAM Airlines and La Polar, and a Board member of Sal Lobos following its acquisition by the German K + S Group. More information
  • Robert J. Zatta

    Director Independent Director per the definition of the New York Stock Exchange and member of the Safety, Health and Environment Committee, Mr. Zatta earned a degree in Business Administration from Merrimack College and received his MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has held executive positions at the former General Foods Corporation and Campbell Soup Company. Mr. Zatta worked at Rockwood Holdings, Inc. until 2015 primarily as the Chief Financial Officer and as acting Chief Executive Officer for a short period. Since January 2016, Mr. Zatta has been a member of the Board of Directors of Innophos Holdings, Inc. From March 2017 until their recent IPO, he was also a director of Nexeo Solutions, Inc. Between December 2015 and September 2017, Mr. Zatta was a Member of the Board of Trustees at Merrimack College and he currently serves as Chair-elect of the Board of Trustees of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Zatta is a member of the Advisory Board of BroadPeak Global, a private equity firm. More information