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Key appointments and promotions in Latin American business and technology.

BY CHRONICLE STAFF

Rios Joins Vadium Board
Jose Antonio Rios
, chairman of Global Crossing Latin America, has been named to the board of advisors of Vadium Technology. Rios has more than 30 years of international experience, including high-level positions with companies like Telefonica, S.A., Hughes Electronics and the Cisneros Group. 

Raben Joins ATFA
Robert Raben
, a former U.S. Assistant Attorney General, has been appointed executive director of the American Task Force Argentina (ATFA). Raben will lead ATFA's education and advocacy campaign on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of the Argentine debt default and its impact on US taxpayers, businesses and bondholders. Raben - the founder of The Raben Group, LLC - has worked on the faculty of Georgetown University Law School as an adjunct professor and as an associate with Arnold & Porter.

Ramirez Leaves Latin America
Julio Ramirez
, the president of Latin America for Burger King, has been named executive vice president for the company's global operations. The company did not say who would succeed him.

Couto Heads UniOne
Alexandre Couto
has been appointed president of NewMarket Latin Americas subsidiary, UniOne. Couto has more than 18 years experience in the technology industry, including co-founding Improve Business Consulting, which merged into Mind Technology and is now known as UniOne. Heucompleted his undergraduate studies at Faculdades Associadas de São Paulo where he received a Bachelors of Business Administration with a specialization in Systems Analysis and a Masters of Production Management from the prestigious Fundação Getulio Vargas, a Brazilian think tank and one of the top universities in Latin America.

Ortiz Joins Lamina
Paula Ortiz
has been appointed sales engineer for Latin America and the Southeast US for Lamina, a developer and manufacturer of high-power LED light engines. Previously, she served as international sales director for Super Vision International, Inc. (now known as Nexxus Lighting). Ortiz holds an MBA from Florida Metropolitan University and a BA from Saint Louis University. She holds several industry certifications, is a member of the International Sign Association (ISA) and a member of the Metro Orlando International Affairs Commission.

Montero Joins BioTek
Carlos Montero
has joined a BioTek Instruments as a product specialist and will travel extensively within the entire Latin America region to provide technical, educational and sales support to researchers as well as the company’s existing distribution network within the area.  He will be based in Costa Rica.

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