Margarita Porto, Atlanta

Margarita is an experienced leader who built a multimillion dollar global business unit, building on roles in engineering, sales and marketing. She has demonstrated expertise in leading global teams to open global markets.

Most recently Margarita established a medical device start-up in Panama. SpecMed International LLC focused on innovative technology and an affordable process for breast cancer screening. In connection with medical professionals from Panama, Mexico, and the founders of a U.S.-based company, UE LifeScience Inc., she led a pilot project to search for a scalable business model for an innovative technology: Thermography.

For almost 25 years, Margarita was an executive with Air Liquide, the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment, with operations in 80 countries with 50,000 employees. For 7 years she was President of its Calgaz division. Under her leadership Calgaz consistently obtained double digit operating income growth, maintaining a global market share of over 70% in a very competitive market.

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