Life @ Thrust

Collect a team of insanely smart people—a tribe if you will—of forward-thinking business strategists and culturally savvy composers... bring them together in a dream office in the hippest neighborhood of Mexico City... spark ingenuity... nurture innovation... and you'll get a hint of the magic we live for @Thrust.

Luis Herrera

CEO & Co-Founder


A full time "CEO Whisperer" Luis' job is to work shoulder to shoulder with visionary leaders that are determined to change the rules of the game, while adding value to their key constituents, starting with the people they work for.

Paulina Navarro

CFO & Co-Founder


The “magic” comes into play when we mix big data with research and culture, bridging the challenges of the real world with the hopes and skills of new generations… creating, as a result, new possibilities for a better future.

Pach Gutiérrez

Operations Thruster


My favorite challenge to accomplish: Help our clients develop customer-centric brands, products, services, and strategies to define their central strategy then MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Paola Ortega

Strategy Thruster


My passion for my job is fueled by extensive research and looking beyond the obvious to find simple and useful solutions.

Elena Gómez

Insights Thruster


I’m an innovation and design engineer who has had the incredible luck of being able to start my innovation career here, at Thrust.

Andrea Navarro

Insights Thruster


I love working in a creative environment, and it is both incredibly challenging and fulfilling to be surrounded by forward thinking at Thrust.

Dalia Margolin

Design Thruster


In our daily lives we are in constant contact with design because in this world, everything that has been created by man, has gone through a design process. And that’s why I fell in love with it...

Juan Porras

Sr. Culture Thruster


As Culture Thruster, I design the behaviors that will shape an organization's culture to push them towards the future.

Daniela Feres

Design Thruster


As Design Thruster my goal is to design visual experiences with a strategic focus. I’m passionate about everything that makes you say “Wow!” when you see it.

Carlos Valenzuela

Insights Thruster


I believe that learning is the fundamental method of social progress and change. Understanding the whats, hows and whys of the world around us provides of a full picture that enables people being able to take effective and efficient decisions for a better future.

Cristina León

Strategy Thruster


I love to solve problems and believe that proper research is crucial to work out a solution that has a positive ripple effect on the long run.

Jimena Padilla

Strategy Thruster


Psychology graduate with experience in dealing with clients’ needs. I am passionate about everything that surrounds each personality.

Osiris Díaz

Executive Thruster


I enjoy dancing under the rain. I keep calm and enjoy every moment as common as it may seem. I face challenges that come from change with optimism and making the most out of it is part of who I am. Finding a solution and being able to control the best possible outcome is what fulfills me.

Luis Herrera

CEO & Co-Founder

As a CEO & Co-Founder, I oversee the strategic direction of our business and our six competencies across the board.

I really enjoy working with ambitious leaders to help their businesses become category-defining, full-purpose organizations that represent something special for the people who buy from them… and the people who work for them.

Prior to co-founding Thrust, I was a founding partner at MBLM (emblem)—an independent consultancy firm with offices in four continents—advising companies and CEOs from a wide array of industries, like: Alsea, American Century Investments, AT&T, Banco Azteca, Creel, Chevez, Consejo de la Comunicacion, Comex, Deutsche-Ixe, Endeavor, Grupo Modelo (AB/InBev), Kraft, Mabe, MasterCard, Mexichem, Nestle, Pfizer, Sala Uno, Unilever, and the Yucatan Tourism Board, amongst others.

With a hybrid background of business management, innovation, marketing, and strategic design—harvested from the U.S. to Europe to LatAm—my experience includes diverse roles that range from international key speaker and visiting professor to member of the board for private and not-for-profit organizations to president of a national council and jury for international awards such as Google’s and The Effies.

Paulina Navarro

Culture Thruster & Co-Founder

As a Culture Thruster and CFO, I’m responsible for the financial planning and the development of the talent architecture at Thrust: defining a common purpose; defining the Thrust Way.

Ever since I started my career, I’ve been looking for ways to add value to clients and society overall: first as entrepreneur and content producer, then as brand communication consultant, and now combining technology with people-centered models to drive well-being, efficiencies, and results.

What initially seemed to be a challenging mix of ingredients—people and numbers—became a great opportunity to build a new set of capabilities, ranging from financial calculators to research methodologies; from culture-building strategies to digital platforms; all while working shoulder-to-shoulder with leaders that are moving the world forward, such as: Alsea, Cultura Colectiva, Endeavor, Kubo Financiero, Salauno, Bx+ Bank, El Portón, and Iluméxico, among others.

My partner says that the “magic” comes into play when I mix big data with research and culture, bridging the challenges of the real world with the hopes and skills of new generations… creating, as a result, new ways of working and new possibilities for a better future.
(God, I love my job!!!)

Pach Gutiérrez

People Management & Operations Thruster

As Senior Strategy Thruster, I help organizations define their central strategy then realize it through change-management programs (internally) and marketing strategies (externally).

Design thinking, creative problem-solving, and team management and development are my daily toolkit. Before I began my life at Thrust, I kicked off my career in the advertising world at Ogilvy, jumping later into the consulting world as brand strategist at the global branding group Interbrand, helping companies like Sanissimo, Coca-Cola, Satmex, and Cargill to fine-tune their branding and communication strategies.

My favorite challenge to accomplish: Help our clients develop customer-centric brands, products, services, and strategies to drive growth.

Paola Ortega

Strategy Thruster

As a psychology graduate, I find eccentric people fascinating. I am particularly interested in the role that context plays in how we form our perceptions and make our business decisions.

My technique is based on analytic research. After poring over every inch of relevant information, I edit and search for the main insights. All of this is done by taking into account the motives, desires, and hidden blockades of the elements of study. My passion for my job is fueled by extensive research and looking beyond the obvious to find simple and useful solutions.

This passion has produced excellent results for clients such as Coca-Cola Company, Powerade, Financiera Contigo, and Thrust itself.

Elena Gómez

Insights Thruster

I’m an innovation and design engineer, from Universidad Panamericana, who has had the incredible luck of being able to start an innovation career here, at Thrust.

I’ve had the great opportunity to work with the team to launch a new real estate model that aims to bridge the gap between the big controversial developers and the community, to create a new way of crafting real-estate business in Mexico City.

Andrea Navarro

Insights Thruster

My experience is varied, coming from a fashion background and having previously worked as an assistant within a fashion media company.

Since joining Thrust in 2017, I’ve been involved with interesting projects across various sectors, including Health and Media. I love working in a creative environment, and it is both incredibly challenging and fulfilling to be surrounded by such forward thinking.

Dalia Margolin

Design Thruster

As Paul Rand once said, everything is design, and it turns out that he was right. In our daily lives we are in constant contact with design because in this world, everything that has been created by man, has gone through a design process. And that’s why I fell in love with it, because I realized that if everything we see is design, our work area extends infinitely to where we look.

I decided to join Thrust for its people, its culture and its work, because as those factors merge, they give me the opportunity to do what satisfies me the most: create projects that are capable of producing a positive impact on society as we help our clients, reach the next level.

Juan Porras

Sr. Culture Thruster

Thanks to a hybrid education in architecture, management, and innovation, I've participated in projects of all kinds. From maintaining electrical substations to managing a company's IT change process, including interior design, and the creation of tools to develop employee potential.

I am a natural-born explorer, looking for exotic experiences, unknown places and new things to learn.

As Culture Thruster, I design the behaviors that will shape an organization's culture to push them towards the future. What I really like about working in a place like Thrust, is the possibility to question everything and generate debate. That's the best way to seek and share new ideas. Finally, the best way to know me, is sharing ideas, so let's talk!

Daniela Feres

Design Thruster

As Design Thruster my goal is to design visual experiences with a strategic focus. My career in branding and editorial design has allowed me to be part in the transformation of the value proposition for different brands.

I detect and analyze design trends: taking their best features and adapting them to the client’s needs. Art, history and fashion inspire me to create concepts focused on results creating a new essence for the organization. I’m passionate about everything that makes you say “Wow!” when you see it.

Carlos Valenzuela

Insights Thruster

Steve Irwin once said “education is all about being excited about something”. I have discovered passion in learning on almost every subject and believe in knowledge as the best resource for promoting social progress and change. Understanding the whats, hows and whys of the world provides a full picture that allows people to take effective and efficent decisions for a better future. As an Insights Thruster my daily routine is to use my desire of knowledge and astonishment capacity for joining points towards outstanding solutions that catalyze well-being.

Eclecticism has taken me into an extense variety of projects that add value to my perspectives on how to boost growth. It's been a hell of a trip that has given me the opportunity to impact society positively in positions such as: a Model UN teacher, coordinator of an educational program for low-income people, neuroscientist, psychologist, and now… Insights Thruster.

Cristina León

Strategy Thruster

I love to solve problems and believe that proper research is crucial to work out a solution that has a positive ripple effect on the long run. During a project I find motivation in the excitement of getting closer to a viable and functional solution, like a surprise within a puzzle box.

Prior to Thrust, I worked in a plethora of categories like product design, 3D printing services, and even the creation of a cupcake company!
No matter the area, subject or task, finding solutions through research has always been at the core of what I have done and look forward to continue doing it.

Jimena Padilla

Strategy Thruster

Psychology graduate with experience in dealing with clients’ needs. I am passionate about everything that surrounds each personality. I consider myself very empathic and that allows me to customize strategic solutions and optimize our clients’ potential as a company. I stay in a constant learning mode to be able to contribute fresh and innovative ideas for further growth

Osiris Díaz

Executive Thruster

I enjoy dancing under the rain. I keep calm and enjoy every moment as common as it may seem. I face challenges that come from change with optimism and making the most out of it is part of who I am. Finding a solution and being able to control the best possible outcome is what fulfills me.

My path began, working for an administration firm where I specialized in management of bank portals and later, on logistics in payroll. I am an administrator at heart.

The Office in Action

Here’s where the Wow happens…
We’ve strategically designed our headquarters, along with our good folks of Anagrama+Solvar, to be a powerful instrument of the innovation process for all who enter.

Every corner has a different purpose: from sparking creativity to encouraging strategic thinking to transforming user-centered design, our workspace makes things happen and boosts results. Step inside, and begin Co-creating the future.

Our Surroundings

We strongly believe that a fulfilled community is formed by self-realized individuals. We are privileged to work in a neighborhood that blends excitement with innovation. It allows us to keep our minds sharp with plenty of resources for knowledge, natural open spaces, and, of course, delicious meals!

If you’re looking for an idea-fueling, life-changing cup of coffee, Cucurucho is where it’s at. Pro tip: Get the macchiato.

Mikasa is our neighborhood’s hidden jewel, with authentic, fresh, budget-friendly, and hearty Japanese food.

Thrusters eat, sleep, and breathe “high performance,” which makes Síclo the perfect (and funnest) stress reliever.

Rosetta makes the perfect breakfast-pastry combo. Plus, the walk makes your morning indulgence (almost) guilt-free.

La Riviera del Sur Cantina strikes the perfect balance between chic and cozy for after-work drinks, celebratory toasts, and farewell parties.

Caravanserai is the “maison de thé” of excellence in Mexico City, and our go-to corner when seeking balance and spiritual inspiration.

The Rosario Castellanos bookstore is our favorite place to shop for innovation-, business-, and strategy-related titles.

Ice Cream Nation has the perfect scoop for every mood… whether to celebrate great ideas, find inspiration, or just for a little push to get through the day.

Giving Back

We believe that the world can be changed in more ways than one, whether it’s a business strategy that brings energy to marginalized communities, or a play-date between the Avengers and the toughest Mini-Warriors you’ll ever meet. When we say that no one gets left behind… NO ONE gets left behind.