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Portada’s Brand Star Committee is a highly regarded group of brand marketing executives that are very enthusiastic about targeting consumers through cultural insights and passion points. Read the FAQ about the Council System!

Janet Grynberg
Board Chair
Head of Content

Janet has worked as editor and translator since 2013.  After graduating with honors when receiving her Bachelor's Degree in English literature, she began working as a book reviewer for Expansión, the leading business magazine in Mexico. She has also worked as editor of young adult literature for publishing houses like Planeta and Penguin, and she's the author of a book of short stories. She's in the process of getting her MA in English at McGill University. Her interests include arts, good food, and her 8 pets.

César Melgoza
CEO & Founder


After key roles at Apple and Strategic Mapping, César founded Geoscape, a firm that provides services for an increasingly diverse marketplace. His award-winning master’s thesis “Chicanos in the New Economy” employed advanced statistical analytics that planted the seeds for Geoscape. He served on the board of directors of the USHCC, the advisory board of FIU's MBA program, and he is a board member of Florida State University’s Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication. His experience is drawn upon frequently by leading publications and conferences.

Kristin Sánchez
Multicultural Marketing Manager

Creative marketing professional with experience in advertising, non-profit and consumer packaged goods. Excels at making order out of chaos and developing a strategic plan for brands. Skills include: New Product Development, Brand Repositioning, Quantitative and Ethnographic Market Research, Strategic Planning, Hispanic Marketing, Mobile Marketing and Creative Development. At Nestlé, Kristin is responsible for growing market share of NUSA Cleveland brands (Stouffer’s, Lean Cuisine, DiGiorno, Hot Pockets and Nestle Tollhouse) with the Hispanic consumer. Projects range from new products to communications to sales & distribution.

Margie Bravo
Marketing Multicultural Champion


Margie Bravo is a bicultural, bilingual brand marketer with over 20 years of consumer packaged goods experience in Nestle & P&G. Her skills have been developed through leadership on brands like Coffee-matte, Nescafe and Nesquik, as well as importing Latino brands like La lechera, Abuelita and Maggi. She is an expert in Brand Management, Consumer Insights, Qualitative & Quantitative Research, Multicultural Marketing, Award-winning Advertising Campaigns, Experiential Marketing, CRM Programs & Innovation.

Natalie Bursztyn
Marketing Director


Natalie oversees global execution of Totto’s marketing strategy across all channels focusing on different market segments. Prior to receiving her MBA from NYU, Natalie directed the strategy, conceptualization and execution of Totto’s first Flagship Store in Bogota, Colombia, as well as worked in the development and implementation of the global brand guidelines. Totto has presence in 52 countries, 600 retail locations and sales of over 14 millions unit in 2014.

Angel Carmona
Business Manager Latin America
Wilson Sporting Goods


Marketing and commercial executive with a broad experience in the consumer market. Passionate and dedicated to the business expansion by achieving the best brand presence. I have always believed that the best sales tool is an exceptional consumer experience, which starts way before the point of purchase.

Teylez Perez
Senior Vice President of Marketing, PantaYA

Teylez Perez is the former vice president of Marketing and Advertising at Curacao and recently joined Pantaya – Lionsgate (a Spanish-language video streaming service) as Senior Vice President of Marketing.

Marissa Fernandez
Director, Marketing Strategy and Fan Development
National Football League

Marissa Fernandez is a Director of Marketing Strategy & Fan Development for the NFL, where she leads the fan growth strategy for Youth and U.S. Hispanics. Her role includes developing holistic marketing campaigns, managing strategic media partnerships, developing grassroots efforts, and enabling NFL teams to strengthen their fan bases. Prior to the NFL, Marissa served as a Client Solutions Senior Director at the Latinum Network. She also spent six years in brand management at Procter & Gamble.

Manny González
Senior Director, Multicultural
Moet Hennessy USA


Manny is Senior Director-Multicultural at Moet Hennessy USA, overseeing luxury wines and spirits. He's in charge of the brands’ strategies and programming in the African-American, Hispanic and Asian consumer segments, and he manages multicultural community relations programs. Prior to this position, he served as Director-Multicultural for the Hennessy brand. Manny has been Managing Consultant with Zyman Group, Marketing Manager for Johnnie Walker at Diageo, and brand manager for Miller Genuine Draft.

Carlos Leal
Marketing Director


Bilingual business manager and corporate professional with a Master's in Strategic Marketing and experience on management, marketing and commercial teams in FMCG and Pharma companies. Expert in developing Business Strategies, Digital Marketing, Trade Marketing, Shopper Marketing, Consumer Goods, Beverages, Innovations, Nutrition, New Products Introduction, Product Development, FMCG & Revenue Management.Skilled in advertising and distribution channel targeting, financial management and budget control.

Via Linkedin.

Kerina Mora
Assistant Marketing Manager, Multicultural


Kerina Mora provides input into the overall annual marketing plan and strategic efforts needed to drive the business objectives. Develops and implements year-round National advertising campaigns targeted to the US Hispanic consumer. Ensures campaigns are integrated and strategically aligned across all efforts. Activates advertising across multiple tactics and media. Supports the regional marketing teams with localization of national campaign efforts for assigned local markets. She oversees marketing budget for the segment.

Iker Palazuelos Atollini
Brand Manager
Salomon Latam


Outdoor passionate, action sports lover, nature lover, climber, skydiver, passionate about living.

José Camargo Samperio
Ecommerce SubDirector
Best Buy Mexico


Professional with more than 15 years of experience in marketing, digital, e-commerce, sales, communication and advertising with a broad strategic vision focused on business results. Basing his passion on performance, discipline and organization has allowed him to reach his goals, valuing and taking advantage of the right teams. Proactive person who likes to cooperate and participate in the business growth of the company leading and looking for challenges and new business opportunities at the same time.

John Sandoval
Senior Brand and Latino Marketing Manager


John is Senior Brand and Latino Marketing manager at Intuit, where he is responsible for the TurboTax brand and leads marketing strategy and tactics for the Latino market in the US. Prior to Intuit, John was founding partner of Orange USA, a boutique marketing agency growing client brands through the use of the latest marketing strategies and tactics. Prior to Orange USA, he worked at Square focusing on the growth of their Square en Espanol product offering and as a Brand Manager with Procter and Gamble.

Ana Lucía Soto
National Media Manager


Ana Lucía is JCPenney’s National Media Manager developing 360 total market strategies that touch every step of the marketing process, from planning to execution with over 18 years of international multidisciplinary background in Marketing and Media. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science (LCC’98) from el Tec de Monterrey (ITESM, Campus Monterrey). Born in Mexico City, she grew up in Monterrey where she was exposed to the bi-cultural US/Mexican border dynamics. She lives in Dallas, TX.

Cesar Taveras
Digital Marketing Manager
Rosetta Stone


Currently Cesar Taveras is in charge of marketing to US Hispanics and LATAM for Rosetta Stone. He is a digital marketing professional who specializes in developing strategies, creating, implementing and optimizing campaigns in Spanish, Spanglish and English for all the different Hispanic segments in the US and LATAM.

Yamile Elias
Director of Business Innovation & Marketing

Yamile has over 25 years of experience in CPG marketing across brands like PepsiCo, Janssen/Cilag, and Liomont. She currently leads the Drinkfinity brand strategy as the Drinkfinity Global Marketing & Innovation Director. She oversees digital-first campaigns operating in simultaneous markets, aimed at inspiring millennials to engage in healthier lifestyles. Drinkfinity the first ever PepsiCo internal Beta launch with thousands of PepsiCo employees participating by testing and adapting the concept before launching to the external consumer.

Rafael López de Azua
Head of Media and Digital, LATAM (Director)

Rafael De Azua leads Media and Digital for Coty’s Luxury, Consumer Beauty, and Professional Divisions in Latin America. In this role, he is charged with transforming how the company plans and buys media to support commercial targets, truly focusing on the consumer and the purchase journey. To this end, he helped launch and integrate Coty’s internal digital agency, Beamly, in both Miami and Sao Paulo; and sponsors various special omnimedia projects that are enabling e-commerce in Mexico and Brazil. Three external media agencies in five offices across the region report to Rafael.

Seraj Bharwani
Chief Strategy Officer

Seraj Bharwani is Chief Strategy Officer at AcuityAds and is responsible for consumer insights on cross-screen, digital & social media. Previously, Seraj led the Strategy & Analytics practice at Digitas for over 14 years. He joined the agency as part of the founding team that led the company through its early growth phase, the IPO and exit via acquisition by Publicis. Seraj is a graduate of MIT Media Lab and an author of several refereed articles on emerging, cross-screen, audience behaviors critical to driving business results.

Javier Delgado Granados
Senior Director of Marketing

Bicultural Marketing and advertising professional. Twenty years of marketing and advertising experience, developing marketing, advertising and promotional strategies for CPG and retail companies. Extensive experience with ROI-driven multi-channel campaigns for the general and multicultural markets. Insight-driven marketer with strong analytical skills and a keen understanding of distributor, retailer and vendor management operations. U.S. Hispanic market expert with a proven track record of success, leadership, and consensus building. Prior to Walmart, Javier spent around 2 years as Group Director Multicultural Marketing of  The Coca-Cola Company.

Via Linkedin.

Andrea Echániz Cuenca
Senior Project Manager

Responsible for developing and implementing successful business plans. Effective balance between analytical skills and action oriented focused on clients needs. Experience in multicultural environments focused on both, offline and online sales. Nowadays, she is the project manager of GBM homebroker, the most important online trading platform in México. She has acquired skills and experience in digital marketing, project management and business analysis focused on strategy planning, key business processes, profitability and organizational development. Previously, Andrea worked for three years in L ́ORÉAL México within the New York Brand: Kiehl ́s, where she was responsible for the financial, strategic and operational planning and execution for the launch of the first e-Commerce in L ́ORÉAL México. Prior to this, she worked on an independent project where she had the opportunity to implement her thesis as a technological consultant and at J.P. Morgan & Chase as a junior financial analyst in private banking.

Via Linkedin.

Daniel Avina
Chrysler/Jeep Brands - Marketing Manager
FCA Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Corporate Manufacturer (MFG) Representative/Sales Manager responsible for the performance of a group/area of dealers across a variety geographies, business sizes or resources in order to achieve growth in marketshare, shipments and retail sales in any given market to maximize the potential of any given Brand within the Fiat Chrysler Automobile porfolio such as Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Fiat and most recently Alfa Romeo.Past experience mostly in the Advertising Manager function. Experience ranges across Hispanic, Asian, African American, and General Market consumer markets.Specialties: Extensive experience in Retail promotions, traditional and non-traditional media, and event marketing. Strong analytical and strategic skills.

Via Linkedin.


Brand Star Committee 2018 Schedule

Meeting 1 Virtual Meeting, February 20
Meeting 2 18 Apr @ Portada Miami April 18-19, Hotel EAST Miami
Meeting 3 Virtual Meeting, July
Meeting 4 24 Sep @ Portada New York, Sept. 24-25
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MEETING THE ABOVE OR OTHER BRAND MARKETING DECISION MAKERS  who are members of Portada's  Council System and demand a wide array of marketing services, please contact Portada Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda.