Rodolfo M. Oppenheimer
Representative, Southern Cone, Montevideo, Uruguay
Rodolfo Oppenheimer’s professional passion is to discover and help create value in new and mature companies through his deep believe that everything can be made better. He intuitively sees the threads of opportunity, brings them together into a coherent whole and makes them reality through sound strategy development.
- Founding partner at Insights Mentors, a strategic innovation and new business developer firm that helps clients –mostly midsize to large, multinational firms in North and South America. He consults for clients in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and US to innovate and transform businesses, shed noncore units –through spinoffs, LBOs, innovative financial structures and fundraising. He provides coaching/mentoring through the full execution process.
- Founding Partner at Prospéritas Capital Partners, first VC in Uruguay. Prosperitas is presently working on the divestiture of portfolio companies after having gone through the full investment and growth cycle.
- Active angel investor in Uruguay, Brazil and the US.
In 1985, he joined McDonald’s Corporation (US) as Treasurer for Latin America. Promoted to Director of Finance and Franchising for Latin America, he opened new markets via franchising and joint-venture in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay.
In 1991, he became a Joint Venture Partner with McDonald’s in Uruguay, successfully introducing the “fast food concept” and the McDonald’s brand, while developing the local supply chain and distribution center. In early 2002, with 32 restaurants, he successfully sold the business, at the prime of its development, with a fully implemented succession plan.
Prior to McDonald’s, he worked at Baxter International, Inc. (USA) in the manufacturing area and later moved into the Strategic Planning group responsible for mergers and acquisitions and new products introduction in Latin America and Asia.
Rodolfo serves on various boards of private companies. He is a board member and prior three-term president of Junior Achievement (Uruguay chapter). He belongs to the local Endeavor network of mentors and served as board member of the local and international advisory boards. He is a Fulbright Foundation board member and a member of the Executive Board of CERES (Center for Economic and Social Policy Research) in Uruguay.
He is an Assistant Professor at ORT University and University of Montevideo in Entrepreneurship & Business Strategy. He holds an MSM in International Finance (Krannert School of Business) and an Industrial Engineering B.S. from Purdue University. He is fluent in Spanish, English and German, and is knowledgeable in Brazilian Portuguese.