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Juan Antonio Rivas

President Olam Colombia

  • Juan Antonio Rivas is President of Olam Agro Colombia and Senior Vice-President of Olam International Limited, and has been Olam’s Regional Head for Mexico, Central America and the Andean Region.
  • Juan Antonio joined Olam in 2007 to establish the company's coffee operations in Colombia, and after a few months his responsibilities expanded to include also Peru and Honduras. Under his stewardship, the region grew through acquisitions and greenfield projects to include a total of seven countries, ranging from Mexico to Peru, and dealing extensively in coffee, cocoa, rice, quinoa and chia.
  • Prior to joining Olam, Juan Antonio worked for Kraft Foods in Latin America, Asia and Europe. As part of the company's global supply chain organization, he held various leadership positions in commodity procurement and trading, based in Colombia and Singapore, and in marketing in Europe.
  • Juan Antonio has been an Economics Professor at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, a member and President of the Board of the Association of Coffee Exporters of Colombia, and a Board Member of the Association of Foreign Trade of Colombia. He studies Economics at Princeton University, and holds an Masters degree and is a PhD candidate from the University of Pennsylvania.