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Changing Places LatAm: people change positions, get promoted or move to other companies. Portada is here to tell you about it.

@viacomamericasChilean multinational retail company Cencosud S.A., owner of Jumbo, Easy and shopping Unicenter, will have for the first time an Argentine CEO. Matías Videla, who takes over as the holding company new general manager on Dec. 1st, will  replace Andreas Gebhart.



Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) sees great potential in its Latin America and international OTT and Studio business. As part of its continued global expansion efforts, the company announced key leadership changes:

Pierluigi Gazzolo, President of VIMN Americas and EVP of Nickelodeon International, is being elevated to President of OTT International and Viacom International Studios (VIS) . In his new role, Gazzolo will initially focus on accelerating the rollout of Pluto TV across international markets, starting with a major launch across Latin America in early 2020. 




Juan “JC” Acosta, currently EVP and COO of VIMN Americas, will be upped to President of VIMN Americas, effective January 3, 2020.





Sebastián Bulgheroni has been named Head of Marketing at Prisma Medios de Pago S.A.





After 12 years at The Coca-Cola Company, Adriana Knackfuss has been promoted to senior global marketing category director. Adriana joined the company in 2007.





WeWork has named former CEO and chairman of Publicis Groupe, Maurice Levy, to interim chief marketing and communications officer, according to Bloomberg. This is part of WeWork’s five-year turnaround plan which came after the company laid off around 2,400 employees globally.




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

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RCI, the timeshare exchange company with over 4,300 affiliated resorts in 110 countries, has appointed Juan Ignacio Rodríguez new Executive Director for Latin America.




Latin American ecommerce platform Linio, recently acquired by Falabella Group,  strengthens its´ local team with the appointment of Valentina Muda as the new Marketing Director.






BBVA bank appoints Onur Gencde as the new global CEO, effective early 2019. BBVA has a strong presence in Latin America, particularly in Mexico, where it is the largest financial institution through its subsidiary Banc









MediaCom has appointed Christine Fang as its new Global Chief Financial Officer. 








Airbnb has hired Amazon VP Dave Stephenson as CFO.








The Zoo, Google‘s creative think tank for brands and agencies, has announced the appointment of Johanna Calic as new Team Lead for Argentina.





Alan Jope is Unilever´s next Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Paul Polman. Unilever is the world’s second-biggest marketing spender.




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Enrique Martinez will step down as Discovery Latin America president at the end of this year. A 24-year veteran of the company, Martinez has served as president and managing director of Discovery Latin/America/US Hispanic for 17 years. Martinez joined Discovery Communications in 1994 and was instrumental in establishing Discovery Channel in Latin America. He also worked on the launches of Discovery en Espanol and Discovery Famiglia in the U.S. Medin joined Discovery in 2002 and was instrumental in launching Discovery in Spain, Mexico and Brazil.



He will be succeeded by Fernando Medin, who is currently executive VP and general manager for Brazil and the Southern Cone market.







As of this date, Ogilvy Latina CEO Horacio Genolet has appointed Manuel Juárez as Director of Corporate Communication for this region. Juárez will report directly to Genolet, and will continue to work with the help of Gonzalo Valenti from Argentina. Manuel is a member of the board of PRORP, the Mexican Association of Professionals in Public Relations, and holds a postgraduate degree in Marketing and a Diploma in Communication and Political Analysis from the Universidad Iberoamericana.




Santiago Olivera is Y&R Argentina new CEO. Olivera comes from TBWA Buenos Aires. Prior to TBWA, he worked for Draft FCB, Savaglio TBWA and DDB Buenos Aires.







Wunderman BA has appointed new General Account Directors: Fabiana Antonelli and Eliana Kaplan will lead the agency department chaired by Juan Pablo Jurado.

Antonelli joined Wunderman BA to lead the integrated team for Movistar in 2016.

Kaplan joined Wunderman BA in 2007.





Xabier Liceaga has joined Grupo Ontwice as LatAm General and Creative Director. Ontwice Group provides performance and eCommerce, branding, business intelligence, content and social network stools. The firm works for companies like Mapfre, Samsonite, Grupo Posadas, Rolex, Samsung and Hawkers.

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

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Havas Media Group Argentina has appointed Carolina Sabha as Head of Trading for all the holding agencies. Sabha joined Havas Group in 2005.






Florencia Vieyra, who has been part of Havas Group for 9 years, has been promoted to Havas Media’s Negotiations Director. She will work along with Sabha.





MEC Argentina has announced the appointment of Sandra Muñoz as new General Account Director. She will be responsible for the agency’s client portfolio, including Toyota, Colgate Palmolive, Mercado Libre, Prisma (Visa), Musimundo and Energizer, among others. Sandra worked in leading international companies such as Initiative Media, Telefé, Havas, Young & Rubicam and Leo Burnett.


Brazilian agency DPZ&T has announced new appointments in its media team led by Paulo Ilha:




Kaline Lessio joins DPZ&T as Media Director for Vivo.

Amanda Meziara has been promoted to Media Director.

The team has also added two Media Supervisors: Alla Ryabova and Renato Mendonça.





Accenture Interactive has announced the appointment of Carolina Coppoli as new Design Strategy Director for South America Hispana.







TBWA Worldwide has appointed Chris Garbutt as CCO Global. Garbutt will lead the creative direction and collective development of TBWA in general, overseeing the creative product through the network’s global customer list, including adidas, Accenture, Apple, McDonalds, Michelin and Nissan, among others.



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