PEPPER PIKE, Ohio—For Mauricio Arellano, the new leader of Q Holding Co. as of Feb. 8, a successful business legacy is a result of employee empowerment—not of an executive's personal goals or transactional philosophies.
As Arellano takes the reins as CEO of the more than 3,500-person manufacturing and technical solutions company, he said Q Holding prides itself on delivering elastomer medical, industrial and automotive devices "with humility."
"I grew up in an environment where I learned about the importance of not just business, but the people in the business," he said from his Northeast Ohio office on May 18. "A leader should enable a culture where employees can contribute and help the organization to grow, whether they are on the floor, in the laboratory or in front of a customer, with incredible dedication. An effective leader will focus on the culture and the people."
Growing up in communities both large and small in Mexico, along seaports and in interior metropolises, Arellano said he initially learned this humanity from his father, "a serial entrepreneur" as Arellano described him, a man of national pride who invested in his country through electronics, textiles and a host of other industries.
His childhood geography was constantly in flux, Arellano said, from the Yucatan to Mexico City. "We constantly moved around," he said. "I called a lot of different places home."
The virtues instilled by his father were furthered during his undergraduate education at the Autonomous University of Baja California in Tijuana, where he majored in business, before attending graduate school (master's of business) at UCLA at the Anderson School of Management while living in San Diego.
"For me, it was more than the degree. What drew me into business were the life experiences I gleaned from after-dinner conversations at home. I idolized my dad, learning about the importance of investment in a country," he said. "I knew business was what I wanted to do, but at the time there was no specific area or discipline. I needed to narrow that later in life."
After stints in the corporate culture while living in Buffalo, N.Y., Arellano began to streamline his management expertise while working for Sony Electronics, Tyco Healthcare Group L.P., Integer Holdings Corp. (formerly Greatbatch Inc.) and Pexco L.L.C., which became Spectrum Plastics Group Inc., where Arellano served as president of the medical division.
"While I was in Buffalo, I was constantly between there and Los Angeles," he said. "I became very familiar with red-eye flights."
With every new executive post, Arellano trended toward medical and industrial elastomer device companies. This evolution has concluded, at least for the time being, with his hiring at Q Holding as chief operating officer in 2018.