- BBC World News
Two Latin American women were included in Forbes magazine’s 100 most powerful women list.
It’s about the Brazilian Andrea Marques de Almeida, CFO of the oil and energy company Petrobras Y Paula Santilli, who was born in Argentina and runs PepsiCo Latin America from Mexico.
The year 2020 has been challenging and has been marked by the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to this challenge has required determination, strength, and leadership.
Forbes took into account the women who stood out in this response, among other considerations, in developing its annual ranking. The sample includes politicians, executive directors, businesswomen, artists and technology.
But how do the chosen Latin American women stand out?
Forbes placed her at No. 66.
Since May 2019 it is the executive director of PepsiCo Latin America.
His role involves leading the powerful grocery and beverage company in Mexico, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Santilli was born in Buenos Aires and studied Communication and Advertising Sciences at the Universidad del Salvador in the Argentine capital.
She is also a member of the PepsiCo Women’s Executive Committee, dedicated to promote a cultural transformation within the conglomerate to attract and retain more female talent.
Before being promoted to executive director of the entire region, the businesswoman was president of the PepsiCo Mexico grocery division and led the Pepsico Foundation of that country.
Andrea Marques de Almeida
This Brazilian is ranked 77th on the Forbes list.
Since March 2019 he has held the position of CFO and Investor Relations Director at Petrobras, Brazil’s powerful energy company.
She is a production engineer and has a master’s degree in finance from Ibmec in Rio de Janeiro and another master’s degree in business management from the University of Sao Paulo.
He has extensive experience in the sector and for 25 years he held various executive positions in the Brazilian multinational mining and logistics Vale SA
The number 1 position is held by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whom the magazine calls the de facto leader of the European Union.
The sigue Christine Lagarde, first female president of the European Central Bank, and in third place the American Kamala Harris.
Harris debuts on the list after becoming the America’s first female vice president-elect in the triumph of Democrat Joe Biden.
La cuarta es Ursula von der Leyen, first president of the European Commission and the fifth is Melinda Gates, who co-chairs with Bill Gates the foundation that bears her names, one of the largest in the world.
Forbes also praises Jacinda Ardern y Tsai Ing-wen, who at the head of the governments of New Zealand and Taiwan, respectively, developed successful strategies to contain the pandemic.
The magazine compiled the list based on monetary parameters, media impact, influence, power, and response to the challenges presented by COVID-19.
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