Member Owner Position
Andrés Chico Hernández Co-Chairman
Felipe Chico HernándezCo-Chairman
Leonardo Franco Villa ReynoldsMember-Holder
Rafael Trejo RiveraMember-Holder
Francisco Borja Escalada JimenezMember-Holder
Diego Laresgoiti MatuteMember-Holder
Rubén Omar Rincón EspinozaMember-Holder
José Manuel Canal Hernando Independent Member
Gordon Fredeick Viberg MacewanIndependent Member
Thomas S. Heather
Independent Member


Gordon Viberg

Mr. Viberg served as president and CEO of Presidente InterContinental Hotels in Mexico for more than 20 years.

Prior to InterContinental Hotels, from 1979 to 1984 he was CEO of Hoteles Calinda (Choice Hotels Mexico), and from 1984 to 1987, Mr. Viberg served as Vice President of International Development for Choice Hotels, where he developed 117 hotels in four continents.

After his tenure at InterContinental Hotels, from 2007 to 2015, Mr. Viberg was a partner/owner of World Wide Hospitality Consulting, LLC.

Today, he serves as an independent consultant in several projects and real estate developments in Mexico. He has been a member of several councils, including Presidente Hotels, the University of the Americas, Conrad Hilton School of Hotel / Restaurant Management in Houston, Texas, Universidad Iberoamericana, Consejo de Promoción Turística Mexicana (CPTM), Reforma Newspaper, Hospital ABC, the National Association of Hotel Chain (ANCH) and the National Tourist Business Council (CNET).

José Manuel Canal Hernando

Mr. Canal Hernando worked for forty years at Ruiq Urquiza y Cía. (Arthur Andersen) where in addition to serving as CEO in Mexico for twenty years, he held various responsibilities in Central America and the Andean Region, chairing several committees and forming part of the global board for the firm.

Since 2000, Mr. Canal Hernando has had various roles such as commissar, independent member of various boards of directors and chaired several audit committees in registered companies both in Mexico and USA.

In 2002, he founded the Mexican Board for Research and Development of Financial Reporting Standards (CINIF for its acronym in Spanish) and served as the organization’s first president.

Currently, he is member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of KUO, Be Grand and Gentera’s risk committee. He is member of the Board of Directors at Estafeta and Audit Committee Advisor at Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste. He also serves as commissar of Grupo Financiero Bancomer and subsidiaries, Bank of America and other companies in the financial sector.

Thomas S. Heather

Mr. Heather has served as Partner in Ritch, Mueller, Heather & Nicolau since 1982. Hehas more than 40 years of experience in banking, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, compliance and international arbitration.

He serves as member of the Judicial Committee for the Business Coordinating Council (CCE for its acronym in Spanish), arbitrator in the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, and arbitrator in the London Court of International Arbitration.

He has served on the board of directors of numerous leading multinational corporations, including Scotiabank, Grupo Modelo and Grupo Bimbo and has been a delegate to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNICITRAL).

He is currently an independent member of the Board of Directors and member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees of Grupo Financiero Banorte and subsidiaries, Gruma and Afore Siglo XXI and Secretary of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees of Televisa. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Program on International Financial Systems at Harvard University.