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Caracas, Venezuela


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Age Range
55 to 64

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English, Portuguese, Spanish


Manuel Jose Rodríguez de Sousa
MBA, Industrial Engineer

Experienced Executive in Oil & Gas Finance & Administration and Commercial Real Estate.
Tri-Lingual Spanish, English, Portuguese.
Graduated as Industrial Engineer and MBA International Business (USA educated) with solid experience in Finance, Capital Budgeting, Project Financing & Export Credit Financing, Economic Evaluations and Bid analysis, Logistics & Procurement, Contract Administration, Financial Systems, Organization & Methods, Commercial Real Estate and Property Management.



Babson College - Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business Wellesley MA USA
Master of Business Administration, International Business Concentration

   Sep 1989
— Aug 1991

1989 – 1991
Graduated with Distinction. PDVSA Scholarship

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor MI USA
B.S.E. Industrial & Operations Engineering

   Sep 1976
— May 1980

1976 – 1980
GMA Foundation Scholarship


Coldwell Banker Latin America Caracas Venezuela
Commercial Real Estate Manager - Consultant

   May 2005
— Dec 2020

Diverse activities as adviser to Real Estate transactions and Property Management in Venezuela and Portugal. Founder and Partner of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Franchise from May 2005 to December 2014 at Caurimare-Caracas Store. Second place in national sales volume as individual Real Estate Agent in 2009.
Independent Consultant since January 2015.
Financial and Tax Adviser for Gnosis Consulting, a professional services consulting firm.
Founder and Partner of Bibliotecnica C.A. a technical bookstore as a family business.

CENTEC GROUP ( Caracas Venezuela
Vice President Finance & Administration

   Feb 1995
— Sep 2002

Managed Finance, Importation Logistic, Personnel, Accounting, Treasury, Tax, Contract-Bid Preparation and Information Systems functions of Centec Group’s Companies (2001 Sales US$ 27 million): Centec-Solar, Centec Venezuela, Gilbarco Venezuela and Tecnoil Venezuela.
Centec Group acts as Sales Representative of major U.S. Engineering and Oil Industry Capital Equipment suppliers: Black & Veatch-Pritchard, Solar Turbines, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Emerson Valves (Tyco Flow Control, Anderson Greenwood, Crosby, Yarway, Varec, Keystone, Vanessa), Orbit Valve, Tuthill, Phase Dynamics, Invensys, Faure-Hermann, Ryko, OPW, Fepetro & Emco Wheaton.

PDVSA Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. - MARAVEN
Financial Strategy Senior Analyst

   Apr 1992
— Feb 1995

Conducted economic and financing evaluations for Heavy Oil Joint Ventures: Maraven-Conoco – Petrozuata (US$ 1,700 million) and Maraven-Total-Itochu-Marubeni – Sincor (US$ 3,100 million) for presentation/approval by the Venezuelan Congress. Coordinated economic evaluations of off-shore commercialization of lubricants in South and Central America. Conducted financial evaluations of Consortia bidding for operation contracts to exploit marginal oil fields. Participated in the negotiations of project finance structures with the Eximbank-USA, J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, ING Bank, Bank of New York regarding a Refinery Expansion – PARC (US$ 1,600 million), financial leasing of Gas Compression Plants (US$ 240 million) and a Private Placement (US$ 130 million) for Export Credit Agencies' (ECA) non-covered financing.

PDVSA Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. - MARAVEN
Credit & Account Receivable Supervisor / National Market Division

   Sep 1991
— Mar 1992

Supervised Three Regional District Administrators to increase account receivable on-time collections for annual sales of US$ 150 million to 70 major clients. Directly managed credit granting & account collections for fuel sales to international airlines. Managed a credit portfolio of US$ 50 million for more than 900 clients within Venezuela. Conducted financial credit granting analysis of major clients.

MBA International Finance Internship - Babson College

   May 1991
— Aug 1991

Conducted a Cost Accounting study of raw material variances for cheese production. As chief of a five-analyst team, coordinated a pilot study for the implementation of the Activity Based Costing (ABC) methodology in Kraft's largest cheese production plant in Europe. Evaluated and made recommendations for the implementation of PRISM, a Cost Accounting-Production Control software specially designed for continuous processes industries.

International Marketing Internship - Babson College

   Jul 1990
— Sep 1990

Evaluated sales potential of scientific, technical and professional books and journals in the Mexican market. Contacted libraries, distributors and booksellers, analyzing the potential by subject area. Identified logistical alternatives for distributing and promoting Kluwer's products in Mexico.

PDVSA Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. - MARAVEN
Financial Systems Senior Analyst

   Aug 1985
— Aug 1989

As a member of a five-analyst team, coordinated a project aimed at the total renovation of Maraven's accounting and budget systems. Conducted initial and detailed studies, analysis and functional specifications of the new system. Evaluated financial software packages for their acquisition. Participated in the construction and implementation of the new system. Organized and conducted user-training courses.

PDVSA Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. - MARAVEN
Financial Methods & Procedures Analyst

   Aug 1982
— Jul 1985

Prepared Organization & Procedures Manuals for: Accounts Payable System, Taxable Income and Deductible Expenses System, Working Capital Budget and Control, Financial Authority Delegation System, Employees' Fringe Benefits Trust Fund System, Employees' In-Company Savings Organization, Zero-Budget Methodology Applications, Accounting Procedures Diagnosis of Oil Well Expenses, and Systematic View of Maraven's Finance Function

Technical Projects Department Chief

   Aug 1980
— Jul 1982

Researched, evaluated and prepared functional specifications for International Public Fax System, Mail/Telex Money Order Services, Automation of Caracas Main Post-Office, Postal Coupons and Postal Credit Card Services.

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