For approximately 20 years, Andres has been a trusted advisor for complex, global organizations undergoing significant business transformation initiatives. Andres has helped these organizations deliver on their strategic intent through: defining the reporting and governance structures that best serve their objectives; Developing frameworks and tools to identify, attracting and developing talent that can most effectively support the strategy; and changing mindsets and behaviors to align day-to-day activities and decisions towards realizing the desired business objectives. Andres has cross-industry experience including retail, financial services, pharmaceutical, biotech, private equity, consumer products and non-profit. Andres is an Industrial Engineer from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.
Andres is based out of Miami, FL.
Why did you decide to work at Kotter?
The people I’ve had the honor to meet and (now) work with and their intent to make the world a better place through the work we do and the fact that it permeates every decision we make as an organization.
If you weren’t working at Kotter, what would you be doing instead?
I’d probably be doing non-profit work, focused on education of underprivileged youth in Latin America. Who knows, I may marry the two jobs some day.
What challenges do you most enjoy helping your clients solve?
I’m a problem solver at heart; from crossword puzzles to being thrown into helping a client solve problems I’ve never tackled before. However, the most satisfying moments I’ve had as a consultant is when I’ve seen people grow in and out of their roles. I get a kick from helping people advance their professional careers.
What’s got you thinking right now?
Very applicable throughout history, but very much in the current business and political situation, Behavioral Economics is an area that has sparked particular interest in me. From Freakonomics to (most recently) Nudge, several publications and authors provide some very interesting examples on how can incentives be used appropriately to influence human behavior, hopefully for the better.
Share something about you that would most surprise people.
I have a bit of a daredevil in me. Now that I’m a parent I’ve had to slow down, but I’ve done all sorts of thrill-seeking activities including jumping out of an airplane, bungee in three different continents, diving in caves and at ridiculous depths. I feel I’ve checked many people’s bucket-list items.