Omar Ruiz Mena
General counsel Latin America and chief compliance officer
Omar Ruiz Mena’s in-house career began in 1994 at global information technology company Unisys de México where in three years as legal affairs director he negotiated major agreements of outsourcing and integration of systems with banking customers and the federal government. He was also an integral consultant to the various sales managers, obtaining various awards in major public bids. After a brief spell at Informix Software Corporation as legal affairs director for Latin America, Ruiz Mena joined EMI Music in 1999 as legal affairs director where he negotiated and performed all exclusive agreements with artists, record and video producers and created strategic alliances with television companies, radio stations and other record companies. After five years there, Ruiz Mena joined law firm Ruiz Vela y Asociados as a partner before returning in-house in 2009 by joining Intellego, the leading Latin American company in the development of solutions and information management services. In his current role as general counsel for Latin America, Ruiz Mena manages the legal strategies of the 17 companies in the Intellego group, playing a key role in the acquisition of several companies, mergers and liquidations. He has also been instrumental in maintaining relations with labour unions. In addition to his general counsel role, as chief compliance officer he oversees the corporate compliance program, ensuring it functions as an independent and objective body that reviews and evaluates compliance issues within the organisation.