Following a thorough search, the Confederation appoints top-level executive with over 20 years of experience in multinational companies
Miami (Thursday, November 10, 2016) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced that Alejandro Lesende has been appointed as Chief Financial and Administration Officer, effective November 10, 2016. He will lead the division of Finance and Administration, providing overall financial management in accordance with the regulations of the organization.
Mr. Lesende joins CONCACAF from The Clorox Company, where he was a Strategic Advisor for New Business Development in Latin America. Previously, he worked in several financial and strategic executive roles at Avon Products and Unilever.
The Chief Financial and Administration Officer will also have direct oversight of the departments of Finance and Accounting, Communications, Information Technology, Brand Marketing, and Human Resources. He will work side-by-side with the Chief Officers of the Football Operations, Commercial, and Legal and Compliance divisions.
“As CONCACAF continues embracing cultural change, we are very pleased to welcome Mr. Lesende to our new management team at a time when we are consolidating the Confederation as a competitive, efficient and solid organization for the benefit of our 41 Member Associations, partners and fans,” said CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani. “We are confident that Mr. Lesende will bring a wealth of experience to this important role, while improving CONCACAF’s business operations and helping drive sustainable growth.”
“I am honored to assume the role of Chief Financial and Administration Officer at CONCACAF. It is a very exciting time to join the Confederation as the organization has entered into a new phase of stability, transparency and development,” said Mr. Lesende. “I look forward to improving processes and instilling financial controls that deliver long-term growth, while protecting and enhancing the integrity of CONCACAF.”
Mr. Lesende brings over 20 years of international experience in finance and strategy, driving and implementing aggressive growth agendas for multinational companies. He has a proven track record in corporate finance, operational improvement, governance, reporting and controlling. His background also includes in-depth work in organizational restructuring, supply chains, sales and marketing operations.
CONCACAF engaged Korn Ferry, a preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm, to advise on key qualifications for the position and manage a public search before presenting a list of female and male candidates to the Confederation’s senior management.
Mr. Lesende holds an Executive Master of Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the Austral University in Buenos Aires, Argentina.