Managing Director, North America Head of Start-Up Innovation, Rabobank North America Wholesale
Manuel Gonzalez is the North America Head of StartUp Innovation, where he will lead the growth of our start-up platform build through FoodBytes! and our new Accelerator, Terra. At the same time, he will focus on developing plans around how our relationships with startup firms can benefit our corporate clients . Manuel has been Head of the San Francisco Office since June of 2012, where he led a process that greatly strengthened our relationships with our F&A corporate clients in the Western Region of the US. Before San Francisco, Manuel was General Manager of Rabobank Mexico. Under his leadership, the Mexico franchise has significantly strengthened business performance, achieving considerable increases in revenue, cross-sell and net income. Equally important, Manuel was instrumental in building a strong local investment banking team, and in fostering a high performance culture focused on enhancing client relationships. He joined Rabobank in 1996 as a project manager in the Project Finance business in Mexico. In 2003, he was named Head of Credit, and a year later became Head of Credit and Legal. Manuel was appointed Deputy General Manager in 2007, one year before being promoted to General Manager in 2008.