Lorenza Torres Dipp is commercial director of her family's firm, Kartell de Mexico SA de CV. Fluent in four languages — English, Spanish, French and Italian — she studied business administration in her native Guadalajara, in west-central Mexico, and at the University of Houston.
Kartell was founded in 1972 as an adjunct to another family business, in pharmaceuticals. These days the firm injection molds primarily household goods and furniture. More recently, Kartell has become active in recycling.
In 1990, when she was just 22 years old, Torres became Kartell's chief executive officer, when annual sales were barely $1 million. Now, with 450 employees, Kartell has sales of $15 million. In 1997, Torres switched to sales as part of an internal reorganization of Kartell.
Torres has been an officer of Anipac, Mexico's national association of the plastics industry, since 1997, when she was appointed president of the domestic and consumer goods section. Last year, she became national vice president and head of the Guadalajara section.