Jose Gabriel Sotelo Rios
General Counsel, México and Costa Rica
Jose Gabriel Sotelo Rios is in charge of Tyco’s Mexican and Costa Rican legal function. In this role, he holds responsibility for the legal work of all entities of the group in both countries, oversees the compliance function and undertakes negotiation and administration of all types of contracts. Particularly notable has been Sotelo Rios’ work to unify the handling of legal complaints, as well as to substantially reduce legal spend from $10.78m to $1.5m per year. His outstanding leadership has been visible during his work establishing a shared service centre for the entire region (with entities in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama). Prior to taking the helm of legal at Tyco, Sotelo Rios worked as legal manager at the security systems company, having previously gained experience as a corporate lawyer at the international IT provider NEC. In the latter role, Sotelo Rios impressed with his ability to review and approve contracts in a timely manner and conduct excellent risk-benefit analysis needed to solve variety of contractual problems.