MIAMI, June 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The CEOs of six outstanding Latin American companies comprise the first group of leaders to be recognized as honorees of the 2015 BRAVO Business Awards. Latin Trade Group, the leading provider of information and business services to companies operating in Latin America, announced the first group of winners, who will be recognized at the company's signature event, the BRAVO Business Awards, on October 29, 2015 in Miami. This year, the BRAVO Business Awards are celebrating 21 years recognizing excellence and leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean.
First group of 2015 BRAVO Honorees
Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez, President of Mexican Grupo Bal was selected as the inaugural Transformational CEO of the Year, a category created to honor a few Latin Americans that have deeply changed companies and the way to do business in the region. Bailleres Gonzalez himself crafted the strategies that consolidated the world-class presence of Grupo Bal in mining, financial services, retail, and more recently in oil, among other industries. Latin Trade's editorial judges were particularly impressed by his discipline, tremendous sense of responsibility, love of country, and commitment to do more than his fair share in the process of making Mexico a fully developed nation.
Juan Domingo Beckman, CEO of two-century-old Mexican family-owned business Jose Cuervo, which is the world's largest Tequila maker will be bestowed with the Innovative CEO of the Year Award in recognition for his ability to read and anticipate consumer trends, to effectively open new markets - oftentimes with new brands or families of products, while at the same time increasing the efficiency of their operation. With this award, the judges wish to acknowledge actions like leading the company's expansion in the Chinese market, as well as using bold marketing strategies to position the brand in special market niches.
Eduardo Belmont, CEOof Peruvian Belcorp, one of Latin America's largest cosmetics manufacturers and sellers, will be honored with the Social Sustainability of the Year Award in recognition of his committed action to the company's employees, consumers, suppliers, to the community and the environment, "but most importantly, for improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of families through the support of more than one million female beauty consultants," the judges stated.
Rodrigo Galindo, CEO of Brazilian Kroton Educacional, the world's biggest educational company by market capitalization, will be honored with the Dynamic CEO of the Year Award. Latin Trade's editorial judges were particularly impressed by the fact that Kroton was named one of the most innovative growth companies, and at the same time demonstrated strong financial results.
Thilo Mannhardt, CEOof the diversified Brazilian conglomerate Ultrapar, will be recognized as the CEO of the Year. "Ultrapar set an example of strategic clarity that has produced returns for its investors despite the wide fluctuations of the Brazilian economy, and one of the best examples of sound and responsible corporate governance," the judges of the BRAVO Business Awards Committee said.
Jose Alberto Velez, CEO of Colombian Grupo Argos, will be presented with the Investor of the Year Award, for leading the transformation of a cement company into a large, successful diversified conglomerate. The judges wish to acknowledge the smooth execution of a string of six acquisitions, and a recent equity offering, that placed Grupo Argos as a leading multilatina operating in Colombia, the United States, Central America and the Caribbean.
"This first group of corporate winners includes a remarkable selection of the finest business minds in Latin America today," said Maria Lourdes Gallo, Managing Director of Latin Trade Group. "We at the Latin Trade Group are delighted to shine a light on these winners, as we have done over the past 20 years with the BRAVO Business Awards, which have become the leading platform for recognizing excellence in the Americas, from the public and private arenas."
Every year, Latin Trade Magazine readers worldwide nominate a broad array of Latin American leaders in government, business, and civil society. The Latin Trade editorial team narrows the list of candidates, consulting with past honorees, international executives, government officials and leading academics. Honorees will be recognized at a black-tie gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami, and featured in the September/October issue of Latin Trade.
Preceding the BRAVO Business Awards, Latin Trade Group gathers 600 of the most influential business and government leaders from the region in the Latin Trade Symposium, a one-day conference considered the preeminent forum for discussion in the region. This year's Symposium will focus on innovation. The conference will be entitled "Success Through Innovation: New Strategies, New Markets, New Faces."
Partners of the Latin Trade Symposium include the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.
Sponsors of the 21st BRAVO Business Awards and Latin Trade Symposium include: HSBC, Avianca, AES, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Boston Consulting Group, CAF ? Development Bank of Latin America and Celistics. Partners include: Ashoka, CNN, the Financial Times, Newlink Group, Onstream Media and PR Newswire.
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