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Five Dominicans among Latin America’s top 100 businesswomen

Miami (LATINVEX).- Five Dominicans are included in a new ranking of of Latin America’s Top 100 Businesswomen from Latinvex, a Miami-based online publication that publishes daily news and weekly analysis on Latin American business.

They are Isabel Turull, CEO of Agape, which has franchises for Burger King, Papa John’s and Krispy Kreme and owns the Palacio del Cine chain; Elena Viyella, president of Inter-Quimica; Darys Estrella, vice president of corporate sustainability at Grupo Vicini; Mercedes Canalda de Beras-Goico, executive vice president of Banco ADOPEM and Ligia Bonetti, vice president of business at MercaSID, which distributes products from Kellogg’s, Kimberly Clark, Hershey’s, Eridania-Behim Say (Koipe), Haagen Dazs, General Mills and Novartis among others

The ranking, the most extensive such ranking ever made, also features Adriana Cisneros, the vice-chairman of the Cisneros Group and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tropicalia, a high-end, environmentally and socially responsible, tourism real-estate development located in the Dominican Republic.

Mexico accounted for 26 of the entries, followed by Colombia, with 18. Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, only had 11 entries.  Meanwhile, Argentina had nine entries. The other countries that had entries on the ranking are Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.

Among the most prominent executives featured are Graca Foster, the CEO of Brazilian oil giant Petrobras (Latin America’s largest company) and Adriana Echverri, the CFO of Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol (Colombia’s largest company) .

The ranking also includes pan-regional executives who head up their companies’ Latin America divisions. That includes Marta Clark from Adobe, Denise Estefan from Radison, Adele Gulfo from Pfizer, Wendy Hannam from Scotiabank; Maria Fernanda Mejia from Kellogg and Olga Lucia Villegas from Leo Burnett.


In terms of companies, US logistics giant UPS stands out, with four entries. That’s more than any other company. In addition to its Americas division being headed up by a female executive – Romaine Seguin – the company’s country managers for Brazil and Ecuador are also women, as is the Mexico-based Americas Region Customer Process Manager.

General Motors, Microsoft, Oracle and Pepsico follow, with three entries each. Meanwhile, General Electric, Pfizer, SAP and Wal-Mart also stand out, with two entries each.


Latinvex also looked at how several women play a key role in promoting business in Latin America through chambers, business groups and investment agencies.

It singled out Susan Segal, the President & CEO, Council of the Americas, who the publication describes as “easily the most powerful business leader in Latin America representing the interests of foreign investors in the region.”

From the Dominican Republic, two leaders were singled out: Bonetti in her capacity as president of the industrialist association (AIRD) and Maribel Gasso, the president of the powerful Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce.

Source: Dominican Today

Category: DR News |

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