Changing Places LatAm: Julian Saconi, Juan Pablo Chiquiza, BANDAI NAMCO’s new leadership team…

People change positions, get promoted or move to other companies. Portada is here to tell you about it.

::: Headway Digital – Julian Saconi  ::: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. – Hide Irie, Eric Hartness, Gerson Souza  ::: Cheezburger – Juan Pablo Chiquiza  ::: Ingredion Incorporated – Jorge A. Uribe :::

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Headway Digital_Julian SaconiHeadway Digital has appointed Julian Saconi as Country Manager for its new office in Chile. Julian is a graduated in Social Communication carrer, in addition to having studied advertising. Saconi is a digital advertising expert who has worked for prestigious companies such as IBM and Accenture.


1Interactive entertainment publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. has announced three new postings to its leadership team. This new team of leaders has been assembled specifically to focus upon and expand the company’s digital distribution channels, anime game offerings, and further develop its Latin American business and marketing operations. All three leadership postings are effective immediately.


5Coming on board in the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hide Irie brings over 30 years of video game publishing experience to BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America’s executive team. Irie most recently held the role of President and CEO of U.S. based video game publisher Agetec from 2005 to 2015. Prior to his tenure at Agetec, Irie held the position of President and COO of SEGA of America.


3Joining the company in the role of Vice President of Marketing, Eric Hartness has over two decades of marketing experience in the toy and video game industries. Hartness most recently held the role of Head of Marketing at Amazon Game Studios and was formerly a Vice President of Marketing at video game publisher Electronic Arts. His expertise in the digital space and video game marketing will play a pivotal role in increasing the success of BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America’s digital businesses both in the console and mobile spaces.

2In addition, Gerson Souza joins the company as its new Director of Latin American Sales and Marketing. Souza has worked in the Latin American video games industry for over 20 years and has held General and Country Manager positions at both Sony Computer Entertainment America and Vivendi Games. He brings a wealth of local sales and marketing experience to BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Brazil Inc. that will directly benefit the Latin American and Brazilian territories.

QHe1Mesh_400x400Cheezburger has tapped Juan Pablo Chiquiza to serve as content Producer for the new site and apps. Chiquiza, a Colombian native, brings a decade of impressive experience to Eres Todo un Loquillo. Prior to joining the Cheezburger, Chiquiza worked for several major players in the media industry including The Washington Post, Google and Sony.


0749b2cIngredion Incorporated, a global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, announced the appointment of Jorge A. Uribe to its board of directors, effective July 1, 2015.   Uribe is the global productivity and organization transformation officer of The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G).  He has been with the company for over 30 years in various general management and operating positions, including group president, Latin America and vice president, customer business development and marketing, Latin America.  Additionally, he held a number of management positions with P&G in countries around the world, including Switzerland, Malaysia, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Colombia, his native country. Uribe is a director of: Grupo Argos, a Colombian holding company; Carvajal S.A., a manufacturer of text books, paper products and office equipment; and United Way Worldwide.  He has a bachelor’s degree in management engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Uribe’s appointment reinforces the diversity of Ingredion’s board.