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Fernandez In, Lousteau Out

Key appointments and promotions in Latin American business and technology.


Fernandez Replaces Lousteau

Carlos Fernandez has been named new economy minister in Argentina. He replaces Martin Lousteau, who resigned last week after less than five months in the job. The news sent Argentine bonds fell the most in nine months, according to Bloomberg. Lousteau reportedly resigned over disagreements over how to fight inflation and handle the growing farmers' protests. Fernandez previously headed the national tax agency AFIP. His career also includes serving as  economy minister for the province of Buenos Aires, national economy subsecretary and national director of tax coordination with the provinces. Fernandez, who has an economics degree from La Plata National University, is considered close to President Cristina Fernandez and her husband, former president Nestor Kirchner.

Key Changes at Deutsche
Marcelo Blanco
has been named Chief Country Officer of Deutsche Bank in Argentina. In addition, Blanco will be Co-Head Latin American Capital Markets and Institutional Sales with David Hinsley. Blanco, a native of Argentina, has more than 20 years of emerging markets experience. He joined Deutsche Bank in New York in 2000 and was appointed Head of Debt Capital Markets for Latin America in 2003. In 2006, he was appointed Head of Corporate & Client Coverage for Latin America, responsible for overseeing all corporate, sovereign and institutional coverage for the region. Hinsley, who was most recently responsible for Emerging Markets structured liability origination, joined Deutsche Bank in London in 1999. He was responsible for the Debt Capital Markets coverage of Deutsche Bank's Supra-National and Sovereign clients, and later became Global Head of Euro medium term note trading and origination.

Sant'Anna Joins CME
Ricardo Sant'Anna
has been name director of business development in Latin America for CME Group. Sant'Anna will act as the primary business liaison to CME Group's strategic partner in the region, the Brazilian Mercantile & Futures Exchange S.A. (BM&F). Sant'Anna, 46, who has 18 years of experience in the financial services industry, joins CME Group from Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc., where he worked as an institutional broker at the firm's Commodity Futures and Options desk, serving global commodity indexes, hedge funds and banks dealing in energies, metals, soft commodities, livestock and grains. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Sant'Anna was an institutional broker with Cargill Investor Services, Inc. serving Latin American sugar, livestock and grain clients. Sant'Anna holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the State University of Campinas and an MBA from the COPPEAD Graduate School of Business of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil's leading business schools.

Duran Joins Warner Bros
Alfredo Duran
has been named Senior Vice President, Branded Services, and General Manager of The Warner Channel Latin America. Duran has nearly 30 years of television experience and most recently served as Executive Vice President & General Manager, E! Entertainment Television Latin America. He has also worked with companies such as MGM, Univision and Telemundo.

Quiñoy Joins Dieste
Melisa Quiñoy
has been named CEO of Dieste, Harmel & Partners.  As executive VP of brand solutions at MTV parent Viacom, she spearheaded efforts in Europe and Latin America for one of the best-known brands in the world.  She succeeds former CEO Warren Harmel, who retired from the agency late last year. Prior to joining MTV, Quiñoy had an extensive and accomplished career in advertising, working for leading agencies including EURO RSCG, FCB, and Lowe & Partners, where she managed blue chip clients such as Nabisco, Unilever, Pepsi and L’Oreal and held international posts around the world in Buenos Aires, Mexico, Sydney and other cities. She is trilingual in Spanish, English and Portuguese.  

Di Capua Joins Heidrick & Struggles
Alejandro Di Capua has joined the Argentina office of executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles as a principal in the industrial practice. Di Capua, 48, joins Heidrick & Struggles from Grupo Planeta, an Argentine subsidiary of a Spanish media and publishing company, where he was President.

Lacerda Joins Livra Panels
Joana Lacerda
has been named regional director for Latin America for Livra Panels. She will be transferring from Livra's London office where she has worked for over 8 years, playing an instrumental part in the company's growth and expansion.

Pinsky Joins Petro Andina Resources
Kenneth Pinsky has been named as Chief Financial Officer for Petro Andina Resources Inc. He replaces William R.A. Hogg, who has retired. Pinsky has 21 years of diverse financial and management experience in Canada and internationally. His most recent experience includes acting as the Chief Financial Officer of a TSX listed Royalty Trust, and as an officer and director of a Canadian based private E&P company.  

Alonso Promoted at HSBC
Emilson Alonso, currently Chief Executive of HSBC Bank Brasil and Co-head of Latin America, has been promoted to a Group Managing Director and Head of HSBC Latin America with effect from May, according to MarketWatch. Paul Thurston, currently Chief Executive of HSBC Mexico and Co-head of Latin America, is also promoted to a Group Managing Director and will return to the U.K.

Carvalho Promoted at Frost
Igor Carvalho
has been named consultant of best practices in Latin America at Frost & Sullivan. He previously worked account director for industrial investigation at Frost.

Ptaschne Joins Move Networks
Paul Ptaschne
joins Move Networks as VP of Sales, Latin America. With more than 15 years international business experience, Ptaschne has managed advertising sales and operations positions for Fox Latin America, Bloomberg International, and Cisneros Television Group. 

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