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Carlos Alberto Bulgheroni, CEO Bridas
Bulgheroni is CEO of Argentine independent oil and gas holding company Bridas, which was created by his family in 1948.

Bridas is 50 percent owned by China National Offshore Oil Corporation since 2010.

The company's joint venture with BP and Pan American Energy in 2013 ranked it 215th in the region's largest companies.

He is also on the board of the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange and an active philanthropist involved in the arts.

Bulgheroni earned a degree in law from the University of Buenos Aires.

He has served as co-chairman of the International Committee at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, president of the Argentine Business Council, president and representative for Mercosur European Business Forum. Bulgheroni also holds the Order of Isabel la Catolica, given to him by Spain's King Carlos I.

Bulgheroni is now expanding his wine business, Bodegas Garzón, which will feature a luxury hotel and an exclusive club where members can create their own wines.
Eduardo Eurnekian
Argentine magnate Eurnekian has delved into a wide range of businesses, including media, airports, agribusiness, services, energy, infrastructure and technology through his firm Corporación América.

His net worth is estimated at $1.9 billion as of 2015.

Eurnekian was born to Armenian parents, and has also been involved in investments in his parents' homeland, including the management of the Zvartnots International Airport and agribusiness.
Marcos Galperín, President and CEO MercadoLibre
One of the youngest people on the list, 43 year old Galperín is the co-founder and CEO of MercadoLibre, the largest e-retailer in Latin America, with presence in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela.

He studied Finances at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Galperín also serves on Endeavor Argentina's Board of Directors, a global non-profit organization which supports entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

MercadoLibre kicked off 2016 with a positive 4.9 percent boost in its shares in the last week of January, and has gained 6.2 percent in the past three months.

Gregorio Perez Campanc, Chairman Molinos Río de la Plata
Perez (net worth $1.57 billion as of December 2015) is the Chairman of Molinos Río de la Plata, Argentina's largest branded food products company. The firm ranked 191 in Latin Trade's most recent Top 500 companies ranking, with revenues of $2.86 billion.

Among his major moves as a businessman was the sale of his family's 60 percent share of Petrolera Perez Companc to Brazil's Petrobras for $1 billion.

Alberto Roemmers, CEO Laboratorios Roemmers
Laboratorios Roemmers is the largest pharmacuetical company in Argentina, and was founded by Alberto's father in 1921.

The company is present in Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Argentina, and also exports medicine to Europe and the Middle East.

As of 2015, Roemmers has a net worth of $1 billion.
Miguel Galuccio, CEO YPF
Galuccio was appointed CEO of Argentine oil firm YPF after its renationalization in May 2015.

He had joined YPF after he graduated, but left after the company was acquired by Spain's Repsol in 1999. He then served as general manager for the Mexico and Central America operations of Texas-based oilfield services firm Schlumberger. Under his leadership, the company grew through a number of deals with Mexico's Pemex, and Galuccio was then named director of the Schlumberger Integrated Project Management division in 2005, and in 2011 became the director of Schlumberger Production Management.

In January 2016, YPF announced the discovery of three conventional oil wells. The wells are part of YPF's "relaunching" strategy for exploring wells, Galuccio said.

In the same month, YPF signed an agreement with American Energy Partners to develop the country's vast shale gas reserves.

Galuccio holds a Petroleum Engineering degree from the Institute of Technology of Buenos Aires.

He was named CEO of the Year 2014 by Latin Trade Group.

Woods Staton, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer Arcos Dorados
Staton has been the Chairman and CEO of Arcos Dorados Holdings since 2007.

Arcos Dorados is McDonald’s largest franchisee in the world in terms of systemwide sales and number of restaurants, and is the largest operator of McDonald's restaurants in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The company ranked 153 in our Top 500 companies of 2015 with $3.6 billion in revenues.

He holds a bachelor's in Economics from Emory University in Atlanta and an M.B.A. degree from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Staton was one of the speakers at the 21st BRAVO Business Symposium in the Latin America Philanthropy Initiative - Evaluating Effectiveness and Impact session. An interview with Staton after the session can be found here.

Staton has more than 20 years of international business experience, and has held posts such as Marketing Vice President of Grupo Indega in Colombia, General Manager of Spal in Brazil, Executive Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Argentina (currently Vice Treasurer) and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Panamerican Beverages, among others.

Luis Pagani, Chairman of Board of Directors and President Arcor
Since 1993 Pagani has been the Chairman of Argentine confectionery firm Arcor.

Founded in 1951, Arcor is now the biggest food manufacturing firm in Argentina and exports to 120 countries in the world.

In December 2015, Arcor took a 25 percent stake in Argentine dairy firm Mastellone Hermanos.

With revenues of $2.8 billion, Arcor ranked 194 in our Top 500 ranking 2015, up from the previous position of 205.

In 2002, Pagani was also named President of the Asociacin Empresaria Argentina, and serves as director of Praxair and Bimbo in his country since 2002 and 2004 respectively.

Other positions he's held in the past include director of YPF Sociedad Anónima and member of the Advisory Council of Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior.

Pagani holds a public accounting degree from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and a course in Marketing from New York University.
Gonzalo Ramírez Mantiarena, CEO Louis Dreyfus Group
Ramírez is the CEO of the French conglomerate Louis Dreyfus Group, one of the so-called ABCD quartet of companies that dominates the world's agricultural commodity trading.

Ramírez has been with the group since 2005, where he's worked in the company's operations in Argentina, France and Spain. He has served as the company's COO for South and West Latin America, Head of Latin America, and Head of the Asia Region.

Paolo Rocca, CEO of Techint
Italian-Argentine conglomerate Techint is the parent company of Tenaris, Latin America's largest steelmaker. It is currently the 16th largest company in Latin America, with $23.8 billion in revenues and some 26,000 employees throughout the region.

Rocca is also leader of Technint's ProPymes initiative, which aims to promote long-term development for small and medium enterprises who offer their services to Techint.

Rocca holds a degree in political science from the University of Milan, and a Professional Master’s Degree from Harvard Business School.

In a business seminar held in Argentina in December last year, Rocca said that Teching would be cautious in its activity this year and plans to cut down on invesmtents, citing "international oil prices and a crisis in the steel industry". However, he added that things are looking up in the future and he sees more opportunities for investment.

Barry Engle, Executive Vice President and President of General Motors South America
Engle joined GM last year, bringing extensive leadership experience to the car manufacturer. Most recently, Engle was the CEO and President of Agility Fuel Systems, where he still serves ont he board of directors.

Other positions Engle has held are President of Ford Brazil and Mercosul, Director of Marketing, Sales and Service Ford Brazil, CEO of Think Holdings and CEO of New Holland Agricultural Equipment.

Engle studied Economics with a minor in Spanish at Brigham Young University, and also holds a Master's in Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Carlos Brito, President and CEO of Anheuser Busch InBev
Executive President and CEO of Anheuser Busch InBev, a Belgian company that owns well over 200 brand names of beer in 25 countries, and sales in more than 100 countries. It is the largest brewery in the world and one of the top five consumer products companies worldwide. Among the company’s brands are Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, Bud Light, Brahma, Antartica and Quilmes. Born in 1960, he is a Brazilian citizen and received a Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and an MBA from Stanford University. At InBev he was appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2005.
German Efromovich, Owner Avianca
Efromovich (born in Bolivia but with multiple citizenship: Poland, Colombia and Brazil) is the owner of Colombian carrier Avianca, which he bought in 2004.

Efromovich has a long business career, and is the founder of the South American conglomerate Synergy Group, which operates in the aerospace, hydroelectric, telecommunications infrastructure, shipbuilding, agriculture and hostpitality sectors.

He studied Mechanical Engineering at the FEI University in Brazil.

Of particular note in his career before Synergy Group is his ownership of a school in Sao Bernardo do Campo. During his time as owner he taught then union leader Luiz Inazio Lula da Silva, who would later become Brazil's President.

Luiz Trabuco Capi, CEO Bradesco
Trabuco is at the helm of Latin America's fourth-largest bank by assets. He led Bradesco's $5.2-billion acquisition of HSBC's Brazilian business, boosting Bradesco's assets by 16 percent.

Bradesco also bought a credit portfolio of more than $294 million from BTG Pactual in December 2015.

Trabuco fhas been with Bradesco since 1969, and has held positions such as President of Bradesco's insurance arm, Managing Director of the bank and Vice President. He has also served as a Member of the Board of ArcelorMittal Brasil.

Trabucco holds a post-graduate degree from USP’s School of Sociology and Politics and graduated from the Philosophy, Sciences, Languages and Arts Faculty of the University of Sao Paulo.

Frederico Fleury Curado, CEO Embraer
Fleury has been the CEO of Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer since 2007.

The firm ranks 101 in Latin Trade's Top 500 of 2015, with $5.6 billion in revenues, and is present in U.S., the Netherlands, France, Ireland, the UK, Portugal, United Arab Emirates, China and Singapore.

The company beat its commercial jet delivey forecast for 2015, and has seen successful results for its E-Jet family of planes in the region.

Fleury holds a post-graduate degree in Foreign Trade from the Getulio Vargas Foundation and an International Executive MBA degree from the University of Sao Paulo.

Luiza Trajano Donat, Founder and President Magazine Luiza
Trajano (also one of the Top 25 Businesswomen in Latin America) founded Magazine Luiza, one of the largest retailers in Brazil.

The company ranked 24 in Latin Trade's most recent Top 50 Retailers in Latin America, with revenues of $3.6 billion.

She has won awards such as Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst & Young, and is the first and only woman to win the

Most Successful award by the Brazilian stock exchange Bovespa.

Raul Calfat, Chairman Votorantim Group
Calfat is chairman of Votorantim Group, one of the region's largest industrial conglomerates with operations in sectors such as cement, steel, pulp and paper, energy and finance.

The company ranked 53 in our most recent Top 500, with revenues of $10.5 billion.

Under Calfat's leadership, Votorantim is seeking to boost its presence in the renewable energy sector, and announced late 2015 that it aims to triple its wind power capacity in 2016 to 1 Gigawatt.

It's subsidiary Votorantim Industrial is now the fifth largest energy trader in Brazil, generating 2.6 Gigawatts through its 33 hydroelectric plants.

André Gerdau Johannpeter, CEO Gerdau
André Gerdau is CEO of Gerdau, the leading company in long steel in the Americas, as well as being one of the main suppliers of special long steel in the world.

One of Gerdau's most recent moves was a joint power venture with Japan's Sumitomo. Together, the firms aim to compete in the increasingle attractive wind power sector in Brazil.

In January 2016, Zacks Investment Research upgraded the company from a sell rating to a hold rating, citing that its "diversified business portfolio as well as manufacturing techniques will help it grow over the long term".

Gerdau holds a BA from the Rio Grande do Sul Pontific Catholic University, and studied General Business Administration at the University of Toronto, as well as Marketing at Ashridge, in the UK, and Advanced Management at the Wharton School-University of Pennsylvania.

Paulo Kakinoff, President of Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes
Kakinoff was appointed CEO of Brazilian carrier Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes in 2012.

Gol is Brazil's second-largest airline and ranked 148 in the Latin 500, with revenues of $3.7 billion in 2015.

In January this year, the airline's shares rallied after Brazilian bank Bradesco said the company could attract a takeover offer by Delta Air Lines or Azul Linhas Aereas.

In the same month, the company announced it will seek approval in 2016 for a joint venture with Aeromexico.

Kakinoff, of Belorussian descent, studied Business Administration at Mackenzie University, as well as a post-graduate degree in International Management.
Ronaldo Iabrudi, CEO GPA
Iabrudi heads Brazil's GPA, one of Brazil's largest retailers. The company ranked 14 in Latin Trade's Top 500 Companies with revenues of $24.6 billion.

Iabrudi has held his current post since January 2014, and before that he has served as CEO and Member of the Board at several firms such as Magnesita Refratarios, Tele Norte Leste, Telemar Norte Leste and others.

He holds a Psychology degree from the Catholic University of Minas Gerais; a Master's in Organizational Management and Adults Formation from the Universite Paris-Sorbonne; a Master's in Changes Administration from the Université Paris-Dauphine, as well as a PhD in Organizational Change from the same college.

Jorge Paulo Lemann, Principal 3G Capital
Lemann is the richest person in Brazil and South America, with a fortune estimated at $26.2 billion (as of November 2015). Being of Swiss-Brazilian descent, he is also Switzerland's second-richest person.

He co-founded multibillion-dollar global investment firm 3G Capital, which has acquired firms such as Tim Hortons, Kraft Foods and Burger King.

With AB InBev pushing for a merger with SABMiller, Lemann is coming closer to his career dream of dominating the world beer market.

Lemann played tennis in his youth, winning the Brazilian national tennis championship five times, as well as playing for the Swiss and Brazilian teams at Wimbledon.

Francisco Ivens de Sá Dias Branco
Francisco founded and is the President of Brazilian food giant M. Dias Branco, which reported $1.7 billion in revenues in Latin Trade's most recent Top 500 Companies ranking.

Marcos Marinho Lutz, Chief Commercial Officer, Director and Member of Risk Management Committee, Cosan
Cosan is a Brazilian conglomerate that produces sugar, bioethanol, energy and food. The compnay is present in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and the UK.

The firm ranked 172 in our Latin 500 ranking, with $3.06 billion in revenues.

Among Cosan's largest moves under Marinho's leadership are buying a $1.7 billion stake in British natural gas company BG Group in 2012.

The company was also upgraded from 'sell' to 'buy' in January 2016 by Zacks Investment Research.

Other positions Marinho has held or currently holds are Executive Officer of the Infrastructure & Energy Section at Companhia Siderurgica Nacional , CSN, Independent Director of Monsanto Company since last year and Director of Companhia de Gas de Sao Paulo.
Bernardo Pinto Paiva, CEO of AmBev
Bernardo Pinto Paiva is at the helm of brewer AmBev, the largest in Latin America and fifth largest in the world. It operates across 14 countries in the Americas, and ranked 31 in the Latin 500, with $14.3 billion in revenues.

Pinto studied a post graduate degree in Marketing at the Pontifcia Universidade Catlica do Rio de Janeiro, as well as an Executive Graduate Diploma from the London Business School.

Joseph Safra, Chairman Safra Group
With a net-worth of $17 billion as of June 2015, Safra is the world's richest banker.

He runs Safra Group, a Brazilian banking and investment conglomerate with presence in real estate, agribusiness, banking, finance and industrial operations.

Safra Group operates in Latin America, the U.S., the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Safra was born in Syria, and comes from a family with a long history in banking since the Ottoman Empire.

Safra Group's banking arm ranked 14 in the Top 100 Banks of Latin America 2015, with $53.7 billion in assets.
Claudia Sender, President TAM Airlines
Claudia Sender is the President of TAM Airlines, the Brazilian subsidiary of LATAM Airlines Group.

Sender oversees the operations of the region's third largest airline in the Latin 500 (number 96 in the ranking), with revenues of $6.06 billion.

Sender holds a bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic School at the University of Sao Paulo, and an MBA from Harvard.

Roberto Egydio Setubal, CEO Itaú-Unibanco
Setubal heads Itaú Unibanco, Latin America's second-largest bank with $455.04 billion in assets according to Latin Trade's most recent Top 100 Banks of the region.

He ranked 24 in the 100 best-performing CEOs in the world in 2015 according to the Harvard Business Review.

Setubal holds a Bachelor's in Production Engineering from the Escola Politécnica Da Universidade De São Paulo and a Master's Degree in Engineering from Stanford University.

Itaú Unibanco employs some 95,700 people and controls about 11 percent of Brazil's retail banking market.

Stephen R. McClellan, President Goodyear Americas
McClellan was appointed President of Goodyear's new combined Latin and North American units in December 2015.

Prior to his new position, McClellan served as President of the company's North American unit, and has been with Goodyear since 1988.

He studied Science in Accounting at the University of Akron, from where he graduated in 1987.
Carlos Alberto Sicupira, Partner 3G Capital
Sicupira is one of the three partners in 3G Capital and has a fortune estimated at some $10.2 billion, making him one of the top billionaires in Brazil.

He holds a degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and is one of the majority stakeholders in AB InBev.

Roberto Irineu Marinho, co-owner, Chairman and CEO of Grupo Globo
Marinho co-owns and controls, along with his brothers Joao Roberto and Jose Roberto Marinho, Grupo Globo, Brazil's largest media group.

The group operates across all media and entertainment forms, ranging from T.V., newspapers, books, music and cinema, and has joint ventures with 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, NBC Universal, MGM and Paramount Pictures.

The firm's T.V. subsidiary Rede Globo is one of the largest in the Americas.

Brian J. Porter, President and CEO Scotiabank
Porter heads Bank of Nova Scotia, better known as Scotiabank, one of the leading banks in Latin America.

Porter's career with the firm began in 1981, where he has held executive positions such as Global Banking and Markets, Global Risk Management, Group Treasury and International Banking.

Porter holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, as well as an Honorary Doctor of Laws, both from Dalehouse University. He also completed the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.
Ronald Pantin, CEO Pacific Exploration and Production Corp.
Mr. Pantin has been the CEO of Toronto-based energy firm Pacific Exploration and Production Corp. (formerly Pacific Rubiales) since 2007. Apart from Colombia, Pacific also operates in Peru, Belize and Mexico, and its activities include oil and gas exploration, coal and mining.

Canada-based Pacific is one of the largest independent oil firms operating in the region, and reported revenues of $4.9 billion in Latin Trade's Top 500 companies.

Pantin has 24 years of experience in the oil sector, during which he's served as a PDVSA executive and President of Enron in Venezuela.

He also serves as Director of US Oil Sands and CGX ENergy.

He holds two Bachelors of Science degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Management Science from Mississippi State and two Masters of Science degrees in Petroleum Engi/Users/DavidBuchanan/Desktop/100 most powerful.txtneering and Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Luis Carlos Sarmiento Angulo, President Grupo Aval
Sarmiento is the wealthiest man in Colombia, with a net worth of almost $13 billion.

As President of Grupo Aval, he oversees the operations of a third of Colombia's banks.

Grupo Aval also operates in tlecommunications, real estate, banking and financial activities within Colombia as well as Central America. One such firm is BAC-Credomatic, which is present in Central America, Mexico and Florida, U.S.
Jaime Gilinski Bacal, CEO Banco GNB
A banker, real estate developer and philanthropist, Gilinski is the third richest person in Colombia.

Among his projects are the Panama Pacifico real estate development in Panama City, and owns 7.3 percent of Spain's Banco Sabadell, the fifth largest bank in the European country.

Among his philanthropy initiatives, he and his wife Raquel Gilinski created the Jaime and Raquel Fellowship at the Harvard Business School, which awards MBA scholarships to students from Colombia and Panama.

Carlos Ardila Lulle
Carlos Ardila Lulle heads Organización Ardila Lulle, a conglomerate with operations in media, agroindustry, cars, packaging, communications, textiles, sport teams and beverages.

Examples of the organization's companies are Postobon (beverages), RCN (media), and the Atlético Nacional football team from Medellín.

Lulle is from Bucaramanga, in the Colombian department of Santander, and studied civil engineering at the National University of Colombia.
Carlos Enrique Piedrahita, CEO Grupo Nutresa
Carlos Enrique Piedrahita became the CEO of Colombian food-processing conglomerate Grupo Nutresa in 1999.

The Medellin-based company is present in the U.S., Mexico, Central America, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador as well as Malaysia, where it entered the Asian country's coffee market through the acquisition of 44 percent of Dan Kaffee.

The firm reported $2.7 billion in revenues in Latin Trade's Top 500 ranking.

Piedrahita's mentor was Nicanor Restrepo, who is considered a key figure in Medellin's economic and industrial development.

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