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Maria del Carmen – UCB de Mexico

There was a time when Maria del Carmen thought her future would be filled with reading musical scores instead of contracts. An aspiring pianist whose dreams of becoming a concert virtuoso were eventually put on hold, del Carmen instead turned to law—and composed quite the career. Now the senior legal counsel for global biopharmaceutical giant […]

Maria del Carmen Salgado Troya – Nestle Ecuador

She’s determined to make a difference in a region where it’s sorely needed and is proud to have her employer as the perfect place to do so. For the Ecuadorian subsidiary of Swiss multinational food processor Nestle shares Maria del Carmen Salgado Troya’s conviction that sound ethics are indeed sound business. “Nestle is a company […]

Maria Feeley – Washington and Lee University

Private practice had its rewards, most of which were tangible. But in her professional prime, Maria Feeley wanted something other than to simply sustain her career at an Am Law 100 firm. “At the big firms you can just be moving money from one client who has it to another client who has it,” she […]

Mariana Oliveira – Torneos

It was business as usual one day, and the world was turned upside-down the next, when a FIFA soccer bribery scandal rocked the world at Torneos. At least that’s how Mariana Oliveira, the legal manager at the Buenos Aires-based audiovisual producer and sports marketing company, remembers that day in 2015 when it was announced that […]

Mariangela Bartz – Votorantim Cimentos Brasil

Brazilian legal operations can be a challenging for attorneys, says Mariangela Bartz. Fast-changing business conditions, complex regulations and taxes, and a high number of lawsuits—especially related to labor disputes—can come on suddenly, like a tropical downpour. Given than context, Bartz wasn’t surprised to find a heavy caseload of lawsuits awaiting her on her first day […]

Mariel Picado – FIFCO

As a lawyer, Mariel Picado is accustomed to being a stickler about rules, but as an artist, she loves to break them. Both approaches are necessary to conduct business in a world economy turned upside down by a pandemic. Working as the chief legal counsel for Florida Ice and Farm Company, a publicly traded food […]

Marilee Holmes – Wilhelmina International Inc.

To paraphrase the old song, if they can make it in New York, they can make it anywhere. “They” being young models from all parts of the world, and much in demand by a fashion industry that’s growing ever more multicultural. Only getting to the Big Apple from a foreign land with the necessary working […]

Marine Assadollahi – Fives Group

Breaking through one glass ceiling is enough challenge for most anyone, but Marine Assadollahi seems to have left a few in shards and hopes she’s set an example in the process. Women still rarely head legal departments in industrial engineering. But Assadollahi has more than acquitted herself since 2015 as general counsel for the North […]

Mario Ayala Claros – Energia del Pacifico

It is a massive undertaking costing nearly a billion dollars, involving hundreds of public and private stakeholders, and requiring years of intense negotiating, designing and building, as well as every imaginable type of assessment and study. And once it’s completed? The new natural gas power plant will serve as one of the largest single investments […]

Marisa Muchnik – Ferrero Canada

When you’re a 5-year-old, life tends to revolve around a few indelible joys: puppies, birthday parties, Christmas morning and—last but not least—candy. As much as you can get your hands on (or whatever Mom and Dad are willing to dispense). But while many sweets have made an impact on children, Marisa Muchnik’s hands-down favorite was […]

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