Latin Trade Names Odebrecht CFO Marcela Drehmer CFO of the Year

SAO PAULO, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Latin Trade Group announces the selection of Odebrecht CFO Marcela Drehmer as CFO of the Year Brazil. Drehmer has had a dynamic and distinguished career which began at OPP Petroquimica, an Odebrecht Company, in the mid-1990s, a position that has taken her to the highest position in finance at the conglomerate's holding company.

"We are pleased to present this award to her, the first woman to receive this accolade," Latin Trade Group CEO Rosemary Winters said at the Latin Trade CFO Event in Sao Paulo where Drehmer accepted the award.

Drehmer assumed her current role as CFO at Odebrecht in 2013, and has overseen many significant business moves. Among them was November's $8 billion deal giving Odebrecht the administration of Rio de Janeiro's Galeao airport. This was the largest airport transaction since 2006 when Ferrovial paid $17 billion for an 88 percent stake in the operator of London's Heathrow airport, and the second largest deal in Latin America right after Oi's acquisition of Portugal Telecom.

Under her oversight, Odebrecht structured a massive $20 billion global investment plan for the next three years.   

"She heads the operation of one of the largest companies in the region, with reach in 35 countries and four continents, diversified in construction, transportation, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, mining, among other industries, with projects that have tremendous significance for the recipient regions," said Santiago Gutierrez, executive editor of the Latin Trade Group.

"With new financing decisions pending and IPOs on the way, Marcela Drehmer has led an orderly, disciplined, principled growth process, an operation on which the sun truly never sets. She has had a distinguished career, and we are delighted to honor her," Gutierrez concluded. 

LT CFO Forums are private events that offer CFOs, finance directors, treasurers and controllers from various industries in Latin America the opportunity to participate in high-level peer group discussions and interact in a private setting. The events equip CFOs with expert insight that helps them prepare for challenges across domestic and international borders.

Since 2005 LT CFO Events foster a greater level of discussion and interaction between senior executives focusing on the trends, challenges and solutions through regional events in Miami and local chapters in key markets in Latin America.

About Latin Trade Group

Latin Trade Group is a leading provider of information and business services to companies operating in Latin America. It publishes award-winning content in Spanish and English for distribution throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States through print, online media and events. Latin Trade Group publishes Latin Trade magazine, Latin Business Chronicle, and is the organizer of the Latin Trade Symposium and BRAVO Business Awards, the LT CFO Series for financial executives of multinational corporations and Trade Americas.

Contact: Santiago Gutierrez, Executive Editor, Latin Trade Group, 305-744-3044, sgutierrez@latintrade.com

SOURCE Latin Trade Group




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