Jose M. Rivera has held a successful global career in the automation industry working in six countries, most often with a regional or global role. In his current role as CEO of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA), Rivera has worked to elevate the level of the system integration industry by broadening the adoption of the associations’ “Best Practices” that help independent system integrators build better companies.
During his tenure as Senior Vice President Strategy and Communications, Industry Business at Schneider Electric in France, Mr. Rivera realigned the automation business along the overall company energy efficiency direction. He crafted and executed the strategy to penetrate the process automation market, first through an alliance with a leading process automation supplier, later through the acquisition of Invensys plc in 2014. Prior to Schneider Electric Mr. Rivera had an 11 year career at Emerson Electric in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Puerto Rico, involving product line, general and regional sales management roles for the process automation market.
Mr. Rivera started his career as a sales engineer with Siemens in Costa Rica with later assignments in Germany. Jose holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Lic (MS) and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica. He is fluent in Spanish, English and German, with a basic level of French.