Bloomberg Line published this Monday its list of the 500 most influential personalities in Latin America in 2022, individuals who are dynamizing the region from various industries and whose influence has shown a major impact during the past year.
The selection highlights CEOs, founders, entrepreneurs, artists and social leaders from across the region who have become benchmarks in their respective fields. and promoters of new initiatives in industries as diverse as energy, retail, cosmetics, health, arts and transportation.
There are more than 170 women in the list. From CEOs and directors of major LatAm companies like Tania Cosentino, CEO of Microsoft Brazil; Claudia Woods, CEO of WeWork LatAm; Ana Sofía Sánchez, CEO of Waze LatAm; Silvia Penna, CEO of Uber Brazil; Paula Santilli, CEO of PepsiCo Latin America; and Laura Barneter, CEO of Unilever Argentina and Uruguay.
There are also artists such as Brazilian singer and businesswoman Anitta; Argentinian singer and actress Tini Stossel; Brazil’s youngest athlete and Olympic medalist, Ressa Leal; Peruvian chef Pia Leon and Colombian Leonor Espinosa, considered the best female chefs in the world; As well as crypto artist Fira.
Here’s a brief overview of who’s making an impact in the region and who’s included in the Bloomberg Line Latin America 500 list and what they’re doing:
Cristina Junquera is the co-founder of NewBank, the largest fintech in Latin America. He started his career at Unibanco and moved through Etau and Louisacred. In 2013, together with his partners David Velez and Edward Wible, he started a digital bank that was valued at US$30,000 million. After a capital injection from Berkshire Hathaway in June 2021. In 2020, Junqueira was the only Brazilian in Fortune magazine’s 40 Under 40 ranking, which brings together relevant personalities under the age of 40.
Claudia Woods is WeWork’s CEO for Latin America, a position she has held since 2021, after being invited by SoftBank, controller of the shared office company. Prior to that, she worked for two and a half years as the General Director of Uber in Brazil. With a degree in economics from Bowdoin College, a university in the state of Maine, United States, Woods has also ventured into Original Bank and WebMotors car sales website in 2018.
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Ana Sofía Sánchez has been at Waze for just over four years. As CEO of Latin America, she has promoted initiatives that seek to enable more women to thrive in the workplace. Before joining the company, Sánchez was the second person Facebook hired in Mexico and served as business director for Mexico and Central America for five years.
Noor Cristiani is head of investment strategy in Latin America for JP Morgan. In this position, Cristiani is responsible for leading the strategy and communications narrative to clients and investors in the region. Prior to that, she also served for JP Morgan, as Head of Equity Strategy in Mexico. Previously, he worked as an emerging markets strategist for Credit Suisse and as a portfolio manager for BBVA Latham.
Silvia Davila has headed Danone’s Latin American operations for five years. It is one of the largest food companies globally. Inflation is no stranger The company has seen price increases in its bottled water, carbonated beverage and dairy product lines since he took over. The company, along with other competitors, has been targeted for using thousands of cubic meters of water per day to make its products at a time when parts of Mexico are facing water shortages and drought.
Paula Santilli is the CEO of PepsiCo Latin America and is recognized as the first Argentine executive to reach such a hierarchical position in an international company. He studied communication and developed his career in the field of marketing. Thirteen years ago, he went through companies such as Campbell Soup Company, Quaker Oats, and Kellogg Company before landing in Mexico, where he lived for twelve years.
Barbara González assumed the role of General Director of Bitso in Mexico in June 2022, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchange platforms in Latin America. Since 2018, he has been in charge of the company’s finances as Global CFO. González managed the fundraising that allowed the Mexican fintech to achieve unicorn status in 2021, valued at US$2.2 billion. Prior to joining Bitso, he worked at investment bank Lazard, a leading mergers and acquisitions and capital markets firm.
A year after his appointment as president of Cencosud became official, Heike Paulmann Koepfer has succeeded in bringing the retail giant to the US market. Senkosud completed its acquisition of The Fresh Market chain in July 2022, marking its entry into the United States. It was not his only millionaire acquisition, as in parallel he closed the purchase of Giga Atacado in Brazil. In total, the company spent about US$ 800 million in these commercial stores.
She was voted the best chef in the world and those who did it say she has “a unique cooking style”. In addition to his skills in the kitchen, he is dedicated to social work with farming and indigenous communities. Although he excelled in the kitchen, his training began in plastic arts and economics.
Juana Barcelo is president of Barrick Pueblo Viejo and First woman to chair a mining company in the Dominican Republic. She joined the mining project in 2009 in the position of Legal Director after working as legal advisor from its initial stages in 2003. Extensive experience in legal management of mining, power, corporate tax and acquisitions sectors. Barrick Gold Corporation’s Pueblo Viejo mine continues to make progress on a tailings storage facility and plant expansion project designed to extend its mine life to 2040 and beyond.
The Bloomberg Line 500 list shows that women are setting the course for Latin America with innovative initiatives from leadership positions. If you want to know all the rest, check out the full list here.