What drew you to the rubber industry, and what has made your career in the industry rewarding?
When I finished my studies at the university, I was interested in working in the industry. Nhumo (now Cabot) was one of the few industries established then. I like my job, I am satisfied with the salary. I can say: "They pay me salary for doing what I like."
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Keep working, assimilate technological changes. In my personal life, there have been many satisfactions: Getting my house, the education of my children.
What do you count as your biggest failure and what has it taught you?
In a time of economic crisis, my contract was cut; I thought that I had a very secure and stable job! When I returned I realized that I had to value my work more and since then I decided to put more love to what I do.
Who or what inspires you?
My family is my main motivation and inspiration.
Who were your career mentors, and what role did they play?
In the 1990s, a team of leaders arrived from the Salamanca plant; Honorato Urban was assigned to the quality area, and he came to implement a quality culture that was not available. To this day, I continue to put his philosophy into practice.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Be persistent and never give up. Resist, insist, persist and never give up. If others can, why can't I?
If you were CEO of a company what would you do first?
Ensure that all the necessary resources are in place so that each stage of the process works properly so that we can satisfy customer requirements.
What would you tell someone considering a career in the rubber industry?
I would highly recommend it. Cabot is a company that gives many satisfactions, personal and professional. The work environment is very good.
In your opinion, what needs to be done to encourage females to pursue STEM-related careers?
These types of industries are a platform of opportunities and growth. All of us, men and women, have the same capacities. Social paradigms must be broken that this industry is merely for men. Vacancies in production, maintenance, packing should be encouraged for women.