Celebrating the 15th BRAVO Business Awards 1996-2009.

 
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The winners of the 2009 BRAVO Business Awards join a Long List of achievers in Latin America and the Caribbean. This commemorative issue also honors the previous 14 groups of BRAVO Business Award winners by providing updates on their Lives and careers on the following pages. The list includes the two editions of the awards given in 1998. The past decade and a half also witnessed an economic and political transformation of the region, the highlights of which are sketched out in our timeline. The timeline begins even before the BRAVO Business Awards were initiated to mark the key moment in 1989 when the "lost decade" came to an end, ushering in an era of burgeoning trade and investment that would not have been possible without solving the debt crisis.

1996

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Ignacio Santillana, CEO

Telefonica Internacional

Leader of the Year

Santillana joined Grupo PRISA, Spain's largest media conglomerate, as chief operating officer in September 2001. He is currently serving as co-director general of Grupo PRISA.

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Robert L. Crandall

Chairman and CEO

American Airlines

International CEO of the Year

Crandall resigned from his positions with American Airlines in 1998. He is currently chairman of the board of Celestica Inc., a supply chain management company.

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Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada

President of Bolivia

Most Innovative Leader

Elected to a second term as president in 2002, Sanchez de Lozada resigned in October 2003. He is currently a resident of Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Jose Estenssoro

CEO of YPF

Posthumous Recognition

Estenssoro, who oversaw the privatization of YPF, was killed in a plane crash in 1995 while traveling on business in Ecuador.

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Enrique V. Iglesias

President, Inter-American

Development Bank

Financier of the Year

After serving as president of the IDB for 17 years, Iglesias resigned in September 2005, the middle of his fourth five-year term, and became Secretary General of the Ibero-American Community, Madrid.

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Lorenzo Zambrano

CEO of Cemex

CEO of the Year

Zambrano continues to serve as chairman and CEO of Cemex, one of the world's largest cement companies, headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico.

1997

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Fernando Henrique Cardoso

President of Brazil

Leader of the Year

Since leaving office in 2003 after serving two presidential terms, Cardoso has served as president of the Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso and president of the Club de Madrid. He has been a professor at Brown University.

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Jaime Lerner

Governor of Parana Brazil

Most Innovative Leader

After leaving his post as governor in 2002, Lerner was elected president of the International Union of Architects. He launched Jaime Lerner Associated Architects and is a professor of urban and regional Planning at the Universidade Federal do Parana.

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Henrique de Campos Meirelles

President of Bank of Boston

Financier of the Year

After rising to president of global banking for Fleet/Bosron, Meirelles was elected to Brazil's Chamber of Deputies in 2002 and has been president of Brazil's Central Bank since 2003.

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Antonio Fernandez Rodriguez

CEO of Grupo Modero

CEO of the Year

In April 2005, Fernandez Rodriguez was named honorary president for life of Grupo Modelo.

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Adolfo Carvajal

President of Carvajal Group

International CEO of the Year

Carvajal led the packaging, publishing and telecommunications conglomerate until he died in Cali, Colombia in 2002 at the age of 71.

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Ron Brown

US Secretary of Commerce

Posthumous Recognition

Brown, who spearheaded the Clinton administration's trade promotion efforts, was killed in a plane crash in Croatia in 1996 al the age of 54.

1998

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Teodoro Petkoff

Planning Minister of Venezuela

Leader of the Year

After leaving his Cabinet post, Petkoff founded Tal Cual, an opposition newspaper. He has written several books and was briefly a presidential candidate in 2006.

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Atvaro Arzu

President of Guatemata

Most Innovative Leader

After leaving office in 2000, Arzu was elected mayor of Guatemala City in 2004 and re-elected in 2007.

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Emilio Botin

President

Banco Santander

Financier of the Year

Botin continues his leadership of the bank, now as chairman of Banco Santander.

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Alfonso Romo Garza

CEO of Grupo Putsar

CEO of the Year

Romo Garza is chairman and CEO of Savia, a holding company involved in real estate development and fruit and vegetable exports.

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Gustavo Cisneros

President of Grupo Cisneros

International CEO of the Year

Cisneros is chairman and CEO of the Cisneros Group of Companies, one of the world's largest privately held media, entertainment, telecommunications and consumer product companies.

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Stephan Schmidheiny

Founder

World Business Council on Sustainable Development

Environmentalist of the Year

In 2003, Schmidheiny retired as president of GrupoNueva and Avina in Latin America and created a trust with an endowment of $1 billion. He is the founder of the World Business Council.

1998 (two)

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Ernesto Zedillo

President of Mexico

Leader of the Year

Since leaving office as Mexican president in 2000, Zedillo has served on the board of directors of a number of companies and is also director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and a professor at Yale.

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Pedro Malan

Brazil's Finance Minister

Most Innovative Leader

Malan served as finance minister until the end of 2002 and most recently served as chairman of Unibanco until its merger with Banco Itau. He is now chairman of the Itau Unibanco Interational Advisory Board.

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Roberto Zamora

Chairman and President

Latin American Financial Services [Lafise]

Financier of the Year

Zamora continues as chairman of Lafise.

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Roberto Monti

Chairman and CEO, YPF

Most Innovative Leader

Monti has served on the board of directors of Petrobras Energia Particiones since 2003.

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George Soros

Chairman of the Soros Fund

International CEO of the Year

Soros is currently active serving as the chairman of the Open Society Institute and Soros Foundation network, as well as the chairman of Soros Fund Management.

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Alexander F. Watson

Director for Latin America

The Nature Conservancy

Environmentalist of the Year

Since leaving The Nature Conservancy in 2002, Watson has served as managing director of Hills & Co., a consultancy firm founded by former U.S. Trade Representative Carla A. Hills

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Lazaro de Mello Brandao

President of Bradesco

Humanitarian of the Year

Brandao remains as chairman of Brazil's second-largest non-government bank.

199

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Armando Calderon Sol

President of El. Salvador

Leader of the Year

The former Salvadoran president, who ended his term in 1999, remains active in party politics as a member of Arena's Political Committee and honorary president of the party.

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Arminio Fraga Neto

President

Central Bank of Brazil

Most Innovative Leader After stepping down as head of the Central Bank, Fraga founded the Rio de Janeiro-based Gavea Investimentos, an investment company.

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Thomas O. Hicks

Partner

Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst

Financier of the Year

Hicks retired in 2005 and is now chairman of Hicks Acquisition Co. and Hicks Holdings, which owns the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Stars anda stake in the English Premier League's Liverpool Football Club.

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Valentin Diez Morodo

Grupo Modelo

CEO of the Year

Diez Morodo currently serves on a number of corporate boards and is the president of the Mexican Business Council for Foreign Trade, Investment and Technology.

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Charles Strauss

Vice President

Unilever (Latin America)

International CEO of the Year

Strauss was elevated to president and CEO of Unilever United States Inc. and served until 2004 when he retired. He has served on the board of directors of Hartford Financial since 2001.

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Homero Aridjis

Founder

Grupo de los Cien

Environmentalist of the Year

Aridjis served as Mexico's ambassador to the Netherlands and Switzerland, and currently is the Mexican ambassador to UNESCO.

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Baltasar Garzon

Spanish Investigative Judge

Humanitarian of the Year

Garzon continues as a high-profile anti-terrorism judge and, in Apri1 2009, opened an investigation into an alleged "systematic program" of torture in Guantanamo Bay, based on accusations by former prisoners.

2000

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Leonel Fernandez

President of the

Dominican Republic

Leader of the Year

Fernandez who stepped down as president in 2000, was elected to a new term as president in 2004; then won again in 2008 and will serve until 2012.

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