The Cisneros Group, which houses Latin American TV channel Venevision and distributor Venevision International, has appointed Victor Kong as VP of digital media. Kong will be based in Miami and will report to Miguel Dvorak, president and chief operating officer of Cisneros Group. Kong will be responsible for establishing business strategies for new ventures and opportunities in the digital world. Kong previously worked as VP and MD of MySpace Latin America, global director of e-commerce for Terra Networks.
PepsiCo has appointed former Electrolux chief executive, Enderson Guimaraes, as the new president of its global operations, effective from October. He succeeds Richard Goodman, who is retiring by the end of 2011 after 17 years with the company. At PepsiCo, Guimaraes will be responsible for strategic sourcing management, global operations, business and information solutions and global productivity.
Placecast, digital marketing agency, hired mobile executive Cameron Franks to head global operator sales. Franks will lead expansion into new territories across Europe, Latin America and Asia.
GMR Marketing, a sports, entertainment, and lifestyle marketing agency, has opened a new office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and appointed Celso Schvartzer to lead its expansion into Latin America. The Sao Paulo office will be wholly owned and operated by New Berlin-based GMR Marketing and joins other recently opened offices in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
Martha Stewart has rejoined the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s (MSLO) Board of Directors. Stewart was forced to relinquished her seat on the board in 2006 as a result of her conviction for conspiracy and making false statements to federal investigators. Prior to her incarceration she was both chairman and chief executive of MSLO.
Bridgestone Americas has named Saul Solomon, the leader of its U.S. & Canada Commercial Tire Sales division, president of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations' Latin American Tire Division. There, Solomon succeeds Humberto Gomez, who is retiring from global manufacturing giant. Taking Solomon's place here in Nashville is Ken Weaver, who until now was CFO of Bridgestone Americas Inc.