Juan Carlos Thompson, appointed Director General of ILAR, effective as of August 1, 2017

Juan Carlos Thompson, appointed Director General of ILAR, effective as of August 1, 2017

The Latin American Association of Non-Prescription Drugs (ILAR) announced the appointment of Juan Carlos Thompson as its Director General, effective August 1, 2017.

Juan holds a Degree from the Argentinian Business University (UADE) in Government and International Affairs with a specialization in Latin American Regional Integration. He has experience providing political, strategic and regulatory advice to companies, trade associations and government bodies in Latin America. In addition, he is involved in the analysis of key health stakeholders, at regional and international level, and their impact on the policy-making process in Latin America.

Before joining ILAR, Juan worked for the Latin American Alliance for Responsible Nutrition (ALANUR) and the Brazilian Association of foods (ABIAD) as Executive Director. He has managed the associations interactions and representations with government officials at national and regional level such as Pacific Alliance, Mercosur, Codex Alimentarius, Latin American Parliament, Central American Integration Process and Pan American Health Organization, among others.

“We are very pleased to welcome Juan Thompson as the Director of ILAR” said Jose Antonio Valdez, President of ILAR. “His career in government and extensive experience across Latin America make him a tremendous fit for our Association to strengthen our presence in the region and accelerate our objectives and impact.”


Founded in December 2001, ILAR – The Latin American Association of Non-Prescription Drugs, a regional trade association representing the leading manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines working to promote a favorable environment enhancing the safe and responsible use of OTC medicines for society and individuals, and to serve as a partner for the institutions linked to the health care of the Latin America population.

ILAR is also a member of WSMI – World Self-Medication Industry – a federation of regional and national associations, and manufacturers and distributors of nonprescription medicines on all continents.

For more information about ILAR visit: infoilar.org

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