Soler Bottinelli became chief executive at the start of 2015 following the abrupt departure of his predecessor, Daniel Rodriguez. The appointment is intended to reinvigorate Latin American retail conglomerate Cencosud after the company saw several years of declining revenues. Counting the firm’s 25 shopping malls across Chile, Colombia, Peru and Argentina, he is now one of the most powerful fashion retail executives in the region.
Soler Bottinelli has spent the past decade working with Cencosud, having previously worked at department store Falabella. Dubbed a ‘charismatic strongman’ by the local business press, he is tasked with recovering the firm’s fortunes through continued regional expansion.
From February 2014 until his appointment, he was the head of the Corporate Retail Managing division where he oversaw the management of supermarkets, department stores and home improvement. Prior to this he worked as deparment stores MD, successfully commanding the turnaround process of Johnson, the department store, after its acquisition by Cencosud and the 115-year-old Almacenes Paris department store which now has over fifty branches around South America and handles the local franchises for Topshop through its Eurofashion division. Most recently, Cencosud, under Soler Botinelli has built the Costanera Center in Santiago, Chile, which is located in the tallest tower in Latin America and has a labyrinth of fashion brands inside from Emporio Armani to Zara.
Soler Bottinelli received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Chile and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program from the Kellog Graduate School of Management at Northwestern Unviersity, Illinois.