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ÁLVARO URIBE VÉLEZ President, Colombia ACHIEVEMENTS President Álvaro Uribe has achieved a remarkable and major turnaround in Colombia. Since taking power in 2002, the security climate has improved dramatically and investor confidence has soared. In 2007, GDP expanded 7.5%, foreign direct investment topped US$9 billion, exports have risen to more than US$29 billion, and approval [...]
RUBÉN BLADES Minister of Tourism, Panama ACHIEVEMENTS Since 2005, Panama has been among the hottest destinations in the Americas. Arrivals of 1.5 million and revenues of US$1.8 billion are expected in 2008, more than 50% growth in the past three years. Almost US$500 million in new hotel investment was announced in the first half of [...]
Henrique de Campos Meirelles Governor, Central Bank of Brazil ACHIEVEMENTS When Henrique Meirelles became governor of the Central Bank in 2003, Brazil was in financial turmoil. Today, inflation is 6%, interest rates have tumbled, and reserves have soared to more than US$200 billion. Meirelles’ economic policy leadership has helped Brazil obtain an investment grade rating [...]
Enrique Cueto Plaza CEO, LAN Airlines ACHIEVEMENTS LAN dropped “Chile” from its name to reflect its successful expansion to Argentina, Ecuador and Peru. During one of the most challenging operating environments in recent history, LAN posted record net income on $3.5 billion revenue in 2007. LAN formed an alliance with Brazil’s TAM, prepared to launch [...]
LUIS FERNANDO SANTOS President, Casa Editorial El Tiempo ACHIEVEMENTS Santos led Casa Editorial El Tiempo’s transformation from the country’s leading newspaper El Tiempo into a multimedia operation with record profits of US$40 million in 2007. The group’s ad revenue is outpacing the market and the US$338 million strategic alliance with Grupo Planeta of Spain has [...]
Subramaniam Ramadorai CEO, Tata Consultancy Services ACHIEVEMENTS Tata launched a major expansion in Latin America, with a service center in Guadalajara, a US$200-million outsourcing deal with the Social Security Institute of Mexico (IMSS) and major contracts with ABN Amro bank (now Banco Santander) in Brazil, the Civil Registry in Chile and Banco Pichincha in Ecuador. [...]
Marcelo Argüelles Chairman, Grupo de Empresas Farmacéuticas Sidus ACHIEVEMENTS Biosidus, the biotechnology division of Sidus, has pioneered the use of transgenic cows to produce human growth hormones that help children grow and fight cancer, among other applications. With sales of US$40 million and 250 employees in 2007, the company has expanded its efforts to produce [...]