Chairman of the Board
Manuel retired from Compaq Computer Corporation in 1999, where he was Senior Vice President in charge of the International Division.
He was a member of the Corporate Strategy Team and was responsible for the manufacturing, marketing, sales, service and support of all Compaq products in the Latin America and Caribbean region; he had 14 subsidiaries, 1 manufacturing facility and 6 service centers reporting to him. The division had 1,800 employees and annual sales of $3.4 billion.
He also supervised the Global Accounts Group, responsible for the marketing, sales and support of all Compaq products and services to the top 100 corporate customers on a worldwide basis.
From 1986 to 1990, he was the Vice President of Government, Communications and Services Line of Business for Unisys Corporation.
From 1976 to 1986 he was President of Parra Myers Associates a company with operations in the United States and Latin America specializing in the development of integrated systems for the transportation sector and public utilities.
At various times, he has been a consultant for the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Carlos Araya has been recognized as the most important contributor to the IT industry for the development of Costa Rica, helping to position the country as a world-class supplier of technology and services.
Throughout his career, Carlos has been an active entrepreneur in key private and public ventures and has received numerous recognitions in technology innovation.
In 1993, Carlos founded ArtinSoft, world leader in software transformation solutions, and was its CEO and Chairman for 15 years. Carlos is founding member of Capital Empresarial Centroamericano, the first technology investment group in the region; of Cenfotec, lead institute for IT education; and founding Chairman of the Computing Research Center at the Costa Rican Institute of Technology (ITCR), where he chaired its Department of Computer Science.
Carlos holds a PhD from the University of Kansas, an MSc in Computers Science and an MEng in Operations Research from Monterrey Institute of Technology, and an Engineering degree in Information Systems from ITCR.