Lowe's Companies, Inc. announced that Jose Luis Pier Castello will join the company as president/general director of Lowe's Mexico, effective March 15, 2013. He replaces Francisco Fernandez, who left the company. Pier Castello will report to William D. (Doug) Robinson, head of international operations and development.
"Jose Luis has more than 19 years of experience in both store operations and retail strategy with multi-national companies. His demonstrated leadership and retail expertise make him an outstanding fit for the Lowe's Mexico operation as it continues to grow to best serve the needs of Mexican consumers," said Robinson.
Pier Castello has served in leadership roles with retailers such as 7-Eleven Mexico, where he was chief operating officer, supermarket chain Supermercados Internacionales H.E.B., and Wal-Mart Mexico. Pier Castello has a degree in business administration from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and diplomas in marketing, finance and family education.
"During his time with Lowe's, Francisco helped us develop operations from the ground up in Monterrey. We thank him for his leadership and service, and wish him the very best in the next phase of his career," Robinson added.
Lowe's entered the home improvement business in Mexico in 2010. The company now has five stores in Mexico, in Monterrey, Saltillo, Hermosillo and Culiacan.
Lowe's has a total of 1,750 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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