Taking a Mexican Company Global—The CEMEX Way

Darden Business Publishing Cases

ISSN: 2474-7890

Publication date: 20 January 2017


The case opens with a conference call and another barrage of questions for CEO Lorenzo Zambrano about his bid to buy the Australia-based Rinker Group in October 2006. Until this point, CEMEX has had a long-standing habit of buying businesses in emerging markets; this acquisition would be a departure from that strategy. If the deal goes through, it would be the single largest acquisition in CEMEX's history, and it would be among its few forays into a developed market other than the neighboring United States. The company has grown exponentially and successfully. Why would this effort be any different? Was the acquisition a good idea or not? And if it was, how would Zambrano and his leadership team convince Wall Street and others of that?”



Venkataraman, S., Allayannis, G. and Yemen, G. (2017), "Taking a Mexican Company Global—The CEMEX Way", Darden Business Publishing Cases. https://doi.org/10.1108/case.darden.2016.000288

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