Excellence in Leadership: the 21st Bravo Business Awards Ceremony.


Latin Trade held the 21st annual BRAVO Business Awards Gala celebration in the evening of October 29. The event was held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. "Even at a time when economic growth is the exception rather than the rule, when high volatility and tough business environments are seen as the new regional norm people like our BRAVO Award winners have found efficient and creative ways to meet citizen and consumer needs while serving the demands of all their stakeholders," said the Chairman of the Latin Trade Group, Richard Burns, as an introduction to the Gala.

The first BRAVO Award was handed to the chairman of the board of advisors of Grupo Financiero Banorte, Guillermo Ortiz (Legacy Award). Ortiz got his country out of a financial crisis, and ever since, has been involved in keeping financial stability in the global financial system. The founder of Easy Taxi, Tallis Gomes received the first-ever Young Leader of the Year Award, a new category that strives to highlight the role of Latin Americans under 40, who are opening avenues for a brighter future in the region.

The Innovative CEO of the Year award went to Juan Domingo Beckmann, the head of the largest tequila maker in the world, Jose Cuervo, in recognition of his innovative spirit and his dedication to developing new products and new markets. Rodrigo Galindo CEO of Kroton Educacional, the largest education company in the world by market capitalization, was named Dynamic CEO of the Year.

The Investor of the Year Award went to the CEO of diversified conglomerate Grupo Argos, Jose Alberto Velez, as he led an acquisition program that turned a small, local cement company in Colombia into an infrastructure-related mutilatina in just a couple of years. The Social Sustainability Award was given to Eduardo Belmont, Chairman of Peruvian cosmetic manufacturer Belcorp, for his leadership in the promotion of women in Latin America.

Paraguay's President Horacio Cartes was presented with the Innovative Leader of the Year award, for having designed and implemented deep policy reforms in his country.

Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez, Transformational CEO of the Year Award, grew a group of 15 companies centered on two large beer and beverage producers into a giant conglomerate in mining, financial services, education, agriculture and more recently, energy.

Thilo Mannhardt, of Brazilian Ultrapar received the CEO of the year Award. His strategic clarity, his extraordinary management skills and his work...

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