Survivor of the Plane Crash in Los Andes (1972), Director of the Uruguayan Rugby Federation and CEO
Gustavo Zerbino Stajano is one of the survivors of the plane crash in Los Andes in 1972 when he was travelling with his rugby team, Old Christians, to Santiago de Chile. His story has been filmed and written in novels. He became an example of overcoming all adversities when he and his peer group from a Rugby team manage to survive a famous plane crash in the Andes, later recreated in the film Alive.
The real protagonist of the movie 'Viven' is today the CEO of his own company, Cia. Cibeles, agent for Merck Sharp & Dohme, a leading pharmaceutical research laboratory. He is also President of the Proprietary Formulation's Chamber in Uruguay, which brings together all the multinational laboratories in that country.
Over the years, as his professional career was more and more prosperous, Gustavo discover the many similarities between the corporate and personal development and his surviving experience, mainly focusing in the motivation and attitude to seek a solution to overcome and survive the tragic accident.
Besides the hard and profound lesson of his life experience, Gustavo has a BS in Management and Business Administration and extensive medical knowledge. Throughout his career, he has combined theoretical training with such unparalleled experience and has since attempted to "restore to life what one has given him" and shares his message through his extensive work as speaker and lecturer.
He is a well known speaker in areas such as adversity management, leadership and motivation, and he collaborates with universities and industry-leading companies in Mexico, U.S.A., Spain, Chile, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Argentina, El Salvador, Panama, Brazil, Venezuela, Switzerland and Uruguay, among others.
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