Porfirio Sanchez Galindo is the current CEO of Editorial Televisa. The Mexican-based company is in the business of distributing various forms of print media. The leadership of Galindo has been central to the company’s robust performance in the last few years.
Galindo’s educational journey goes all the way back to 1994 when he joined ITAM University. He studied BS, Applied Mathematics and graduated from the prestigious institution in 1998. He later took a one-year executive course at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. A year later he completed another certificate course at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Software Research. While no doubt peculiar, a look at Galindo’s professional career shows that the educational background in Mathematics served has served him well in the media industry.
Galindo’s first job was at the Mexican Finance Ministry where he served as the Minister’s Chief of Staff. Six years in this position imparted him with an advanced level of networking and organizational skills. Given how well these skills are suited for the media industry, it is not surprising that Televisa soon after snapped him up. His first position at the company was the Chief of Staff and Corporate Vice President. After more than a decade in the position, he was promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer in Editorial Televisa.
Editorial Televisa is a large company. It distributes Spanish-written magazines to most of South America. As such, being tasked with heading it would have been an intimidating situation for anyone. Not Galindo though. Assisted by a team of consultants, he hit the ground running to identify all possible strategies for consolidating the company’s standing as the most important publishing outfit in the region. With only his and the teams’ collective imagination and intelligence at his disposal, Galindo has been able to win the company more readers, advertisers and markets.
A lot is expected of Galindo at Editorial Televisa. He has to oversee the company’s overall dealings, not just distribution. That includes the editing and commercialization of all print titles under the company’s mandate, including print albums, comic books, periodicals, and magazines. Effectively performing his role, therefore, means that he constantly has to be in communication with important clients such as Disney, Cosmopolitan, and Nat Geo among others. This is where the networking skills acquired as a chief of staff often come in handy.