01. Ricardo Poma

Ricardo Poma (born 1946) is the Chief Executive Officer of the family owned conglomerate Grupo Poma, based in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Poma obtained an industrial engineering degree from Princeton University in 1967 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1970. [2] When I have returned to El Salvador, Ricardo joined the family business; he took the reins of the conglomerate from his father Luis Poma in the 1980´s. Nowadays, Ricardo Poma’s three sons and two nephews are part of the family conglomerate participating in the different business divisions (including eldest are Fernando Poma and Maria Fernanda Poma); his younger brother Ernesto Poma is part of Transal, the company’s Miami division.

Ricardo Poma dedicates a significant amount of his time to social projects and institutions, such as the Salvadoran Foundation for Health and Human Development (FUSAL), the Advanced School of Business and Economics (ESEN) and Fundacion Poma, focusing on culture, education and health programs in El Salvador and Central America. He is also a member of the President’s Leadership Council of the Inter-American Dialogue.

Poma was an early investor in Bain Capital.