Director Profiles

José Parés - Chairman

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Jose is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Valar S.L. and its parent, Finaccess Capital. He is also the Chairman of the Board and a Proprietary Director of AmRest Holdings SE, the Director of the Board of Crown Imports, Chicago, Il, the Vice Chairman of the Board of MMI, Toronto, Canada, Director of the Board of DIFA, Mexico and former member of the Beer Chamber of Mexico.
 
Previously, Jose worked for 19 years at Grupo Modelo (Mexico), in various positions, including as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales International where he oversaw  growth of Grupo Modelo’s annual revenues from USD1 billion to USD3 billion.
 
Jose graduated from Universidad Panamericana, Mexico (Business and Finance) and completed his MBA at ITAM, Mexico as well as the Business D-1 Program at IPADE, Mexico and Executive Programme at Wharton, San Francisco.
 
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Emilio Fullaondo

Independent Non-Executive Director

Emilio is a senior executive with over 23 years of experience in the beer industry.  Emilio worked in a number of finance roles for Grupo Modelo, including four years as Chief Financial Officer.  Following the acquisition of Grupo Modelo by AB InBev in 2013, Emilio oversaw significant cultural and organisational changes at AB InBev (Mexico) as Vice President, Human Resources (to 2017) and Vice President, Projects until his resignation in January 2019.
 
Emilio graduated from ITAM, Mexico (Public Accountant) and completed his MBA at the same institution as well as the Executive Management (AD) Program at IPADE, Mexico. 
 
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Carlos Fernández

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Over the last 30 years, Carlos Fernandez has held positions in various business sectors. He was the CEO (1997-2013) and Chairman of the Board of Directors (2005-2013) of Grupo Modelo. From the time he was named CEO, up to 2013, this group consolidated its position as the leading brewing company in Mexico, the seventh biggest worldwide and the world's biggest beer exporter.

He has also served on the boards of national and international companies, including Anheuser Buchs (US), Emerson Electric Co. (US), Seeger Industrial (Spain), Grupo Televisa (Mexico), Crown Imports Ltd. (US), Inbursa (Mexico) and Mexican Stock Exchange (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores). He has served on the advisory board of Grupo Modelo and has also been a member of the international advisory board at Banco Santander, S.A. and a director of Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A.B de C.V.

Carlos is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Finaccess S.A.P.I. de C.V. - a company of which he was founder and which controls 75% of Restaurant Brands ordinary shares and is also active in Mexico, Europe, Asia and the US. He is also a Proprietary Director of AmRest Holdings SE, an independent director of Banco Santander, S.A. and a non-executive director of Inmobiliaria Colonial, S.A.

Carlos is an industrial engineer and has also studied on senior management programmes at the IPADE Business School (Instituto Panamericano de Alta Direccion de Empresa).
 
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Luis Miguel Álvarez

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director 

Luis Miguel Alvarez is a Board Member, Audit Committee Member and Investment Committee Member of Finaccess, S.A.P.I. de C.V. (since 2013). He is also the Founder, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Compitalia, S.A. de C.V., a family investment company business which primarily invests directly in target companies through equity holdings and real estate investments, primarily in sectors such as: clean energy, biofuels, oils and derivatives, quick service restaurants, real estate projects and financial funds.

For over 25 years Luis Miguel occupied different positions within several Grupo Modelo entities (including the Vertical Companies Director of Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V., President & General Manager of Gmodelo Agriculture, LLC., Idaho Falls, Idaho, Vice President & General Manager of Gmodelo Agriculture, Inc.). During his time at Grupo Modelo, Luis Miguel held various board positions within the group, including: Alternate Board Member and Executive Committee Member of Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V., Board Member and Executive Committee Member of InteGrow Malt, LLC., as well as Board Member of Impulsora Agricola, S.A. and International CO2 Extraction LLC.

Luis Miguel is currently a Proprietary Director of AmRest Holdings SA and a board member of other private and not for profit organisations.
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Stephen Ward

Independent Non-Executive Director

Stephen Ward is a professional Director with diverse corporate governance experience in New Zealand and Australia together with extensive expertise as a corporate and commercial lawyer in New Zealand. Stephen is a Non-Executive Director of Sydney Airport Limited and the Chair of its Safety, Security and Sustainability Committee. Stephen is the Non-Executive Chair of SecureFuture Wiri Limited. He is a member of the National Provident Fund Trust Board.

He holds voluntary positions on the boards of Wellington Free Ambulance, and The Life Flight Trust. Stephen is also the Independent Chair of the Advisory Council for the Financial Dispute Resolution Service.

Stephen was previously an independent director and member of the Audit & Risk and Appointments & Remunerations Committees of Sovereign Assurance Company Limited. He also served as an independent director, chair of the Audit & Risk Committee and chair of the Board at MAp Airports International Limited.

Stephen was a partner of Simpson Grierson, one of New Zealand's leading law firms for over 20 years (including over 14 years as a member of the firm's Board of Management) and continues to be a consultant to the firm.

Stephen holds an LLB from the University of Canterbury, is a member of the New Zealand Law Society and is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.
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Huei Min (Lyn) Lim

Independent Non-Executive Director

Lyn Lim is on the boards of Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board and General Capital Limited. She is also a trustee of the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Lyn has also served on the boards of the New Zealand Shareholders' Association, Public Trust, the New Zealand China Trade Association, the Hong Kong and New Zealand Business Association, was the Chair of the New Zealand Chinese Youth Trust and held the positions of Trustee, Deputy Chair and Chair of Foundation North (the biggest and leading philanthropic entity in New Zealand). She has been a member of ANZ Private Bank External Advisory Board and has served as a council member of the Auckland District Law Society Inc.

Lyn was a founding partner of Forest Harrison which she started in 2006 after being a partner of a national legal firm for eight years. Lyn commenced her legal career in 1990, after graduating from the University of Canterbury with an LLB (Hons). In her legal practice she specialises in commercial, corporate and governance issues and dispute resolution.

In 2017, Lyn was appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to New Zealand-Asia relations and governance. Lyn is a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, a member of the New Zealand Law Society and a member and Vice Chair of the Women in Business Committee of the Inter Pacific Bar Association.
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