Juan N. Cento
FedEx International Leadership: President, Latin America and Caribbean, FedEx Express
As regional president of the FedEx Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Division, Juan N. Cento maintains overall responsibility for the region, which includes approximately 26,000 employees in more than 50 countries and territories. Cento’s primary focus is the broader strategic direction of the Latin America and Caribbean region, as well as magnifying the FedEx Express presence throughout the region. Furthermore, he is responsible for integrating the region into the FedEx global network, which serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.
Cento began his career with FedEx in 1989 when the company merged with Flying Tigers. Immediately following the merger, he was promoted to managing director for South and Central America, based in Saõ Paulo, Brazil. Following his position as managing director for South and Central America, Cento became vice president of FedEx Express in Mexico and Central America, based in Mexico City.
In his 30 years with FedEx, Cento has expanded the company’s presence in Latin America and helped FedEx Express become a pillar for growth in the region. Most recently, Cento led FedEx Express in acquiring Rapidaõ Cometa in Brazil. Additionally, to adjust to growing market demands, Cento led FedEx Express in offering domestic service throughout Colombia and acquiring MultiPack in Mexico. Prior to these recent initiatives, in August 2008, FedEx launched FedEx Express Nacional, a domestic next-business-day service that provides high-quality, reliable, and convenient express shipping solutions across Mexico. Under Cento’s leadership, FedEx Express has connected and continues to connect Latin America and the Caribbean to the world.
As a business leader, Cento has been honored for his outstanding work and has received various awards and recognitions. In 2012, he was named among the list of Most Influential Hispanics, and South Florida CEO magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in South Florida. He has also received the Corporate Generosity Leadership Award from the United Way and the International Kids Fund, the Excellence Award from the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Florida’s International Achievement Award from the World Trade Center Miami, and the International Air Cargo Achievement Award and Florida International Trade Award from the Florida Council for International Development.
Outside of his corporate responsibilities, Cento is actively involved in several professional organizations. He has served on the board of directors for various organizations, including the Council of the Americas and Assurant, Inc., and he is a member of the International Advisory Board of Baptist Health System. Additionally, Cento is a director of the board of the Conference of Latin American and Caribbean Express Companies (CLADEC) and most recently became a member of the University of Miami LACI Advisory Board. Apart from his participation in professional organizations, Cento is actively involved in several nonprofits. He was founding chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Kids Fund.
A Cuba native, Cento moved to Miami in 1960, where he attended Miami-Dade College and proceeded to graduate from Florida International University College of Business Administration. Cento resides in Miami with his wife and family.