PARIS, FRANCE — Jorge Solis was recently appointed chief executive officer of Malteries Soufflet, the world’s largest malting company following the acquisition of Australia-based United Malt Group in November 2023. Malteries Soufflet is a subsidiary of European agribusiness giant InVivo Group.

Solis has 30 years of experience in large international industrial companies, where he has held management positions in Mexico, the United States, France and Belgium. 

“I am delighted to be able to welcome Jorge Solis as CEO of Malteries Soufflet,” said Thierry Blandinieres, CEO of InVivo. “The breadth and diversity of his career in France and abroad are assets that will contribute to the future success of Malteries Soufflet.”

Malteries Soufflet is present in key markets in Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia, with 41 plants across 20 countries, and an annual production capacity of 3.7 million tonnes of malt, serving industrial and artisanal brewers and distillers. 

The company said Solis’ main objective will be to develop both the offer and target markets, while amplifying the corporate social responsibility policy to make Malteries Soufflet a leader in the ecological transition on the malt market. He also is tasked with developing “a common culture between the two recently reunited entities, through the implementation of synergies and the deployment of operational excellence,” InVivo said. 

Solis holds a master’s degree in industrial engineering and another in international marketing, as well as having completed the INSEAD General Management Program in 2010. He began his career in 1994 as a production manager. He joined automotive equipment manufacturer Valeo the following year and remained there for 16 years, serving as quality manager for five years, then purchasing director in Mexico, the United States and France.

In 2010, he joined the European headquarters of WABCO — a US-based a supplier of technologies for commercial vehicles — in Brussels, first as vice president of sourcing and purchasing, then as vice president in various other divisions, before becoming president of the Truck, Bus & Car Division from 2016 to 2019. From 2019 to 2023, Solis was CEO of Belgian gearbox manufacturer Punch Powertrain.