Leadership Team

  • Cristián López

    Country Leader

    Cristián López is the Country Leader for ALTO US. He has extensive business experience in the Chilean Government and private sector, developing and leading start-up entrepreneurial ventures. As Operations Manager for Start-Up Chile, López assisted over 300 entrepreneurs from around the world to successfully integrate their ideas into the country. In addition, he served as Executive Director of the Chilean Entrepreneur Association (ASECH) and grew that membership to 23,000 members. López obtained a degree in Commercial Engineering from the Catholic University of Chile and has been recognized by two leading Chilean business publications as one of the “100 most successful young leaders” in the country.

  • Karl F. Langhorst

    Executive VP ALTO US & VP of Innovation Grupo ALTO

    Karl F. Langhorst, CPP, CFI, serves as Executive Vice President of ALTO U.S. and Vice President of Grupo ALTO. He retired as Corporate Director Loss Prevention, The Kroger Co. in 2016. In this role, Karl had oversight of the loss program development and operations for a Fortune 25 company consisting of over 6,000 locations including multi-department stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, convenience stores, fuel centers, jewelry stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers. Prior to his tenure with Kroger, Karl served as the Director, Loss Prevention for Randall’s & Tom Thumb Food stores, a Safeway company. He is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), and the ASIS Retail Council. Karl also served on the National Retail Federation Loss Prevention committee and the Editorial Advisory Board for LP Magazine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University. An author, frequent speaker, and nationally recognized subject matter expert on various loss prevention topics including physical security and organized retail crime, he is board certified in security management by ASIS and as a Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI) by the Center for Interviewer Standards & Assessments. Prior to his career in retail loss prevention, Karl served in multiple roles in law enforcement for twenty-five years in Dallas, TX.

  • Edgar Escobar

    Chief Technology Officer

    Edgar Escobar joined ALTO as the Chief Technology Officer in 2017. Previous to joining ALTO, Escobar served as VP Analytics & Business Development in Central & South America as well as principal member of the Analytics Global Counsel for Experian. Escobar has utilized his technology expertise in project development throughout Latin America as well as in Europe and Oceania. In the past years Escobar has participated in several Events in North/Central and South America to share his experience in Big Data and Innovation. His experience in the Data Science environment has allowed him to design, develop and execute different risk management solutions in a wide range of business verticals for the main Banks, Retail, Telecoms companies as well as other data-related industries in the Central & South American region. Escobar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia as well as two Master Degrees in Economics and Applied Risk Finance from Macquarie University, Australia.

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