Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
September 19, 2018
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we highlight three of our Hispanic leaders who discuss their career journeys, personal manifestos, and thoughts on diversity and inclusion.
September 27, 2018
Juan N. Cento
FedEx Express Latin America and Caribbean Division
Q: What does being Hispanic mean to you?
A: For me, being Hispanic is about embracing diversity and inclusion. It is about making the best of our differences.
Q: How has your life story impacted your career?
A: My story is about family and FedEx. My story is about the values that I was able to bring to the operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Values that are consistent around the world and have allowed us to differentiate ourselves within the market as a company with the highest level of integrity and a company that aggressively focusing on where we are going, not where we are. It is about demonstrating to my wife, my sons and now my grandchildren the true value that we should live by and the benefit it provides as a human being. My story is both personal and professional and how together they have helped shape me into the person, the leader I am today.
Q: Do you feel you have any specific mentors, role models, or people in your life that you feel have impacted your success?
A: Absolutely, as we go through life we reflect back on different individuals that have impacted our lives and helped to influence the person you become. For me, it was my dad. My dad was a successful professional that never doubted his commitment to his family, never doubted his commitment as a human being. Those are the very values that for me have always been a key pillar in everything I do (both professionally and personally) and how I conduct myself as a human being.
Q: What is your best piece of advice for all young professionals trying to go after their dream?
A: The advice I give to any young professional is that they should enter the field of work of their choosing with an open mind. They should not focus on where the business is now, but what the potential of the business could be in the future. If companies reflect 10, 20 or even 30 years back, they probably would have no inclination that they would be achieving the goals they are meeting today.
Q: Why is giving back to the community important to you?
A: The very DNA of our brand is to connect people and possibilities, so we can ultimately help businesses prosper, communities flourish, and people thrive in an effort to make the world a better place. The feeling I get when I see LAC coming together for FedEx Cares events is truly inspiring and makes me proud.
Q: Throughout your life, you have had many titles. What would you consider the one you are most proud of?
A: Becoming a grandfather. My grandchildren bring so much joy to my life. They truly have been my biggest blessings.