Alder Koten Places CEO at Farmacias Benavides

Alder Koten Macedonio Garza CEO Farmacias Benavides

January 2, 2018 – Executive search firm Alder Koten has recruited Macedonio Garza as the new CEO of Farmacias Benavides in Mexico. The assignment was co-led by managing partners Felipe Llaguno and Jorge Davalos along with CEO Jose Ruiz.

Originally from Mexico, Mr. Garza won a reputation for building high-performance teams, with a focus on creating a culture centered around the client through all organizations. In 2001, he moved to the U.S. where he was responsible for the definition and design of strategic business processes and technologies at HEB, supporting merchandising and supply chain.

Proven Success

Mr. Garza returned to his homeland a year later to head HEB’s IT team in Mexico. During that time, he led the company’s change program, achieved improvements in enterprise resource planning systems and implemented a multi-purpose help-desk for customers, employees and vendors. In 2006, he was appointed director of human resources, where he oversaw an organization of 8,000 employees and helped reduce staff turnover by 50 percent. Seven years later, he joined Lowe’s Companies as vice president of merchandising.


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Farmacias Benavides was founded in 1917 in Monterrey, Mexico, and is owned along with the Chilean pharmacy company Farmacias Ahumada by Walgreens Boots Alliance. In a recent resurgence, Farmacias Benavides is currently opening new locations throughout the region.

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The Recruiters

Alder Koten helps clients acquire, develop and transition leadership talent through a combination of research, executive search, cultural and leadership assessment, and other talent advisory services, which include career planning, outplacement, coaching and leadership training. The firm has offices in Bogota, Dallas, Guadalajara, Houston, Mexico City, Monterrey and New York.

Mr. Llaguno is the managing partner of Alder Koten’s office in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and also manages the firm’s practice for family-owned businesses. His work focuses on helping clients acquire, develop and transition leadership talent through a combination of research, executive search, cultural and leadership assessment, and other talent advisory services.


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Mr. Davalos leads the firm’s financial officers practices. He is involved in executive search work focused on CEOs, CFOs and senior-level executives. Mr. Davalos’ work focuses on helping clients acquire, develop and transition leadership talent through a combination of research, executive search, cultural and leadership assessment, and other talent advisory services.

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Mr. Ruiz provides Alder Koten with vision, strategic direction and the roadmap for the firm’s future. He is also involved in executive search work focused on board members, CEOs, senior-level executives and consulting engagements related to leadership and organizational effectiveness helping clients create thriving cultures.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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