Wednesday, April 1, 1998

Zambrano Honored with Arbuckle Award

Lorenzo Zambrano, MBA '68STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS—Cement and concrete may not strike most Americans as a product of "great humanitarian importance," conceded Lorenzo Zambrano, chairman and CEO of the giant Mexican cement manufacturer Cemex, which operates in more than 20 countries on four continents. "In Caracas, in Manila, and in the squatter cities of Peru, it means roads and hospitals, sewers, power plants, and water systems. For so many of our customers, cement is the stuff of dreams," said Zambrano, MBA '68, as he accepted the SBSAA's Ernest C. Arbuckle Award in March.

"The tools you acquire at the Business School can imp-prove, enrich, and fulfill the lives of millions of people who will never set foot on this campus. That is what Stanford has meant to me, my company, and the people we serve," he told the audience of more than 400, which included a large contingent of his classmates and more than 50 alumni/ae and current students who are Mexican nationals.

Zambrano, who also serves as chairman of Monterrey Tech, Mexico's largest private university with 75,000 students, said he is following the example of the GSB's late dean Ernest Arbuckle to shape the university. "I am striving to build an institution that will provide all of Latin America with a new generation of professionals and business leaders. Like Stanford, we are fostering entrepreneurship among our best and brightest students.