Independent Consultant/Board Member
Former CEO of Grupo Solid, market leader of Paints and Coatings in Central America and Panamá, position held for 11 years.
In 2016 Yara decided to retire and became board member of Grupo Solid and in charge of M&A and geographical expansion. She is also consultant and strategic advisor for other companies in the region in corporate governance, strategic planning, turnkey projects; and independent board member of companies such as Ingenio Santa Ana, Grupo Solid, Milésimo, Grupo Nabla and Wakami.
In 2019 she was candidate to the vice presidency of Guatemala during the presidential elections.
Yara has been honoured by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as Young Global Leader in 2011 and honoured as Distinguished Professional of the year by INCAE Business School in 2013.
Member of the Central America Leadership Initiative – CALI / Aspen Global Network. Board Member of FUNDESA (2016 – 2018). President and Mentor of Vital Voices´ Guatemalan Chapter (2015 y 2016). Board Member of the Guatemalan Board of INCAE Business School (2014 – 2019). Industrial Engineering Director in Universidad Rafael Landivar (2004 – 2005).
She was also appointed as one of the most powerful and admired women in Central America by the most recognized business magazines of the area, as Forbes Central America, Summa, Estrategia y Negocios, among others, for several consecutive years.
Yara has an MBA from INCAE, an Industrial Engineer degree from Universidad Rafael Landivar and additional education in Harvard Kennedy School and in Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is single, Guatemalan and 45 years old.
Yara was selected to be part of the 2022 Fortune-U.S. Department of State Global Women’ s Mentoring Program.
Mentor: Tiffany Monroe, Chief People and Culture Officer, H&R Block