Rafael Andres Diaz-Granados has served as Chairman and CEO of Paragon, a portfolio company of Palladium Equity Partners, since 2020. Palladium Equity Partners is a Certified B Corp and one of the oldest minority-owned private equity buyout firms with $3 billion in assets under management. Mr. Diaz-Granados is also co-founder of Angeles Investors, a Hispanic angel investing group based in Chicago, and he also currently serves as CEO of Cetan Investments based in Miami.
Prior to joining Paragon, Mr. Diaz-Granados held multiple country, regional, and global leadership positions with the General Electric Company, including serving as General Counsel and Chief Commercial Officer of GE Latin America, CEO of GE Mexico, and CEO of GE Spain and Portugal. During his 15-year tenure with GE, Mr. Diaz-Granados led multiple turnaround and restructuring efforts and delivered strong top-line results. As a GE Quality Leader (GE's highest Six Sigma certification), he oversaw the GE Healthcare Six Sigma Center of Excellence. Prior to beginning his career at GE, Mr. Diaz-Granados was an attorney with O'Melveny & Myers, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He has a wide variety of board leadership experiences at both for-profit and non-profit organizations and served as Executive Director of FIFARMA, the Latin American Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Mr. Diaz-Granados earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.
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