Gladis Araujo is a Global business leader with over 25 years of success delivering continuous improvement, operational excellence and cost optimization on four continents in the end to end supply chain field. Experienced leader in starting up operations in new markets, merges, acquisitions, major re-organizations and turnovers, nearshoring, and building/leading cross-cultural teams.
She currently works at Mattel Inc. as Global Quality Systems and Supply Chain Vice-president driving the digital transformation for the company, nearshoring initiatives, and value networks. In Malaysia, she was responsible for the quality of Mattel core brands: Fashion Dolls (Barbie) and Die Cast Cars (Hot Wheels) manufactured in China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia. She was also responsible for 52 global testing laboratories in the chemical, mechanical, and electrical fields. These laboratories are in China, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Canada, United States, and Mexico. She also oversighted the development of new markets in India and Vietnam.
She has a bachelor’s in Chemical and Systems Engineering (Tecnologico de Monterrey), a master’s in Quality and Manufacturing (Tecnologico de Monterrey), a master’s in Organizational Development (Universidad de Monterrey), a master’s in International Management (Thunderbird University) and currently she is working in her dissertation for the doctorate grade in Business Administration in the University of Phoenix.
She is the founder and president of several non-profit organizations supporting her communities of women, girls, and children in Malaysia and Mexico. Mentor, trainer, and very active international master speaker.
Gladis Araujo has been acknowledge by the Global Chamber of Commerce in Malaysia as “2018 and 2019 Top Women Inspiring Humanity Award” for her contributions to her communities and recently by the Tecnológico de Monterrey as 2021 Top Tech Woman Award in Transformational Power.