Foundation Welcomes Director of International Relations

Release Date: 02.27.2007

In an effort build bridges with the global economy, The Cleveland Foundation has created a new staff position and filled it with an experienced international business executive.

George Delgado joined the Foundation this month as director of international relations. He spent more than a decade working in international business development, most recently for HE G. Geschmack, a German maker of private-label gourmet food and beverages. Delgado recently relocated from Munich, Germany, to Cleveland, and he plans to bring his family here in the coming months.  

Ronald B. Richard, president and chief executive officer of The Cleveland Foundation, said Delgado’s arrival signals an important opportunity for Cleveland.

“In order to compete in a global economy, Cleveland must attract global businesses,” Richard said. “George’s life experiences position him to scout for opportunities for international companies looking to locate in the United States, and to identify opportunities for businesses and major institutions in Greater Cleveland to partner with foreign companies, universities and organizations.” 

Delgado said he hopes to help bridge language and cultural barriers that may impede Cleveland businesses from looking abroad.

“I look forward to helping international companies enter the U.S. market using Cleveland as a window, while also assisting local businesses seeking to distribute their products in Russia, Germany, Spain and other countries,” Delgado said.

Delgado holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in natural science from Russia’s Moscow University, a degree in German language from the University of Vienna in Austria and an MBA in international trade and marketing from Munich University in Germany. A native of Havana, Cuba, he is fluent in Spanish, English, Russian and German and possesses a working knowledge of Italian and Ukrainian. 

Prior to joining Geschmack in Germany, Delgado was acquisition director for Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. a real estate investment firm based in New York City. He previously was area manager for South American and Eastern European operations of Schoerghuber Gruppe/Paulaner AG, a German international conglomerate for beverage manufacturing, bottling and worldwide distribution.

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