José Antonio Ríos García

Non-Executive Director

Mr.  José Antonio Ríos García was first elected to the Board of Millicom in May 2017 and was first appointed as Chairman in January 2019. 

José Antonio Ríos García (1945) is a US citizen and currently the Chairman and CEO of Celistics Holdings, a leading provider of distribution and intelligent logistics solutions for the consumer technology industry in Latin America.

Prior to joining Celistics in 2012, Mr. Ríos was the International President of Global Crossing, the telecommunications company later acquired by Level 3 Communications.

Between 1999 and 2001, Mr. Ríos served as member of the Global Management Committee of Telefónica and President and CEO of Telefónica Media, and prior to joining Telefónica Mr. Ríos served as Vice President of Hughes Electronics Corporation, was the founding President and CEO of Galaxy Latin America (DirecTV Latin America), and served as Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Vice President at the Cisneros Group of Companies for 14 years.

Mr. Ríos holds an Industrial Engineering degree from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela.

Mr. Ríos brings to the Millicom Board his significant experience in leading a variety of consumer technology businesses in Latin America including the telecommunications and electronics industries.

He qualifies as independent of major shareholders as well as the Company and its management according to the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance, and relevant rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Mr. Ríos holds 2,317 Millicom shares.