Adriana is Marketing and Sales professional with more than 17 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry where she has successfully developed and implemented long-term growth strategies for multi-national corporations in North and Latin America.
Born and raised in warm Cali, Colombia, Adriana graduated as an Industrial Engineer, with a major in Business Administration from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 1993. In 1998, Adriana graduated from Harvard University Extension School, earning her degree in Business Strategy and Marketing Management.
In 2007, Adriana joined MARS Inc, as the Pet Food Marketing Director for the Caribbean unit. Her accomplishments at Mars include turning around the Pet Food business and delivering profitable growth for the first time ever in this region. Currently Adriana leads the Innovation department for MARS Food North America where she is challenged with developing and delivering a pipeline of new product innovation that disrupts the market and delivers long-term growth to the business.
Adriana lives in Los Angeles, with her husband Gustavo Ripalda, a licensed architect, and her 7-year old twin boys, Daniel and Gabriel. She values work-life balance and describes herself as fun, action-movie fan, risotto lover and an insightful career coach.