For the last 35 years, Alberto Bailléres has been the President of the Asociación Mexicana de Cultura (Mexican Cultural Association) and the President of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater , Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Under his leadership, ITAM has become one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America . In gratitude for his contributions to Mexico 's social, educational, and business development, ITAM awarded Mr. Baillères an honorary Ph.D. in 1999.
The Culver Military Academy in Indiana , from where he graduated in 1950, instilled in him a sense of order and discipline which he has practiced in both his personal and professional life.
In 1951, Mr. Baillères took his first position at the Banco de Comercio , where he worked his way up to the position of Branch Manager whilst still an undergraduate student. In 1957, he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Economics from ITAM and, a year later, entered the Cervecería Moctezuma Sales Department as a sales representative and was soon promoted to Metropolitan Area Sales Manager. Due to his extraordinary performance, he went on to hold various positions in different areas of this brewery: in 1964, he was appointed General Director and, in 1967, President of the Board. In 1964, he was also named General Director of El Palacio de Hierro, S.A. , the most prestigious department store in Mexico , where he carried out an ambitious re-structuring program that resulted in the present growth and success of this company.
Throughout his career, Mr. Alberto Baillères has been known for his innate leadership. His broad experience and solid business expertise have been recognized both in Mexico and abroad. From 1973 to 1977, for example, he was a member of the Chase Manhattan Bank Advisory Committee, headed by Mr. David Rockefeller, and since 1967, he has been a member of the Consejo Mexicano de Hombres de Negocios, A.C. (Mexican Businessmen's Council).
Fervently patriotic, Mr. Baillères has created and founded various Mexican companies. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Board of a wide ranging group of major Mexican enterprises, many of which he founded: Grupo BAL : Industrias Peñoles, S.A. de C.V., Grupo Nacional Provincial, Profuturo GNP, Aseguradora Porvenir GNP, Valores Mexicanos, Crédito Afianzador, Grupo Palacio de Hierro and Grupo de Agri-negocios BAL. Moreover, s everal companies, such as Grupo Financiero BBVA-Bancomer, Fomento Económico Mexicano, Cerveza FEMSA and Desc Sociedad de Fomento Industrial , among others, have invited him to become a member of their Board.
Along with his strong business perspective, Mr. Baillères is known for his deep commitment to all aspects of culture (since 2003, he has acted as the President of the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas [Mexican Literature Foundation]) and education, both of which he holds to be key elements for Mexico 's development. His outstanding career in Mexican business and education fields has been built up progressively over the years due to his exceptional abilities and strict discipline, qualities he has shown in each of the many key positions he has held throughout his life.
» Granting of an Honorary Ph.D to Mr. Don Alberto Baillères (in Spanish)
» ITAM's Fiftieth Anniversar (in Spanish)