2011 BRAVO BUSINESS AWARDS Latin Trade Recognizes Burger King's Behring as Investor of the Year

Brazilian acquisitions pioneer is ninth recipient of this year's BRAVO Business Awards

Sep 20, 2011, 15:22 ET from Latin Trade

MIAMI, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Latin Trade, the leading pan-regional business magazine focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean, announced today that Alex Behring, co-founder and managing partner of 3G Capital, will receive the 2011 Investor of the Year Award at the 17th BRAVO Business Awards on October 28 in Miami.

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Behring was the main negotiator in 3G Capital's surprise $4 billion acquisition of Burger King in October last year and now guides a turnaround there as chairman of the board. He also helped lead the deal that formed international brewing giant AB-Inbev, underscoring the global reach of the Brazilian investment partnership, and played a key role in 3G Capital's purchase of shares in U.S. railway CSX.  Behring previously served as CEO of Brazil-based America Latina Logistica (ALL), Latin America's largest railroad and logistics company, from 1998 to 2004.

"Alex's vision and entrepreneurship make him a leading contributor to the development of ventures that highlight the true strength of the business panorama in Latin America and the Caribbean," said Jane Bussey, editorial director of Latin Trade.  "We are honored to have him among our nine BRAVO Business Awards recipients, and look forward to celebrating all our winners' achievements at the upcoming gala."

Celebrating excellence and achievement in Latin America and the Caribbean, the BRAVO Business Awards pay tribute to government, business, social and humanitarian leaders for their contributions towards progress in the region. Recipients are selected by a group of judges from a pool of candidates nominated by Latin Trade magazine readers and other third parties.

The BRAVO Business Awards black-tie gala will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami on October 28, 2011. The awards ceremony serves as the grand finale of the Latin Trade Symposium, a leading pan-regional conference for the public and private sectors, organized in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas.

As recipient of the Investor of the Year Award, Behring and the other 2011 honorees will attend the gala and be featured in the September/October issue of Latin Trade magazine.

Winners in the Nine Categories:

Lifetime Achievement Award Leonel Fernandez – President of Dominican Republic

President Fernandez was previously honored with the BRAVO Leader of the Year award in 2000 and 2006. This year, Fernandez is being cited for his two decades at the center of Dominican politics. He has championed a constitutional reform that will have an enduring impact and worked to overcome an economic slump by pushing technology and infrastructure.

Innovative Leader of the Year Laurence Golborne – Chilean Minister of Public Works

Golborne, then minister of mining, spearheaded last year's dramatic rescue of miners trapped below the Atacama Desert. The safe return of all 33 men was a triumph emblematic of Chile and its government's ability to turn determination into success.

Financier of the Year Agustin Carstens – Mexican Central Bank Governor

Through his technical skills and personal credibility as a policymaker, Carstens helped revive the Mexican economy after a severe contraction in 2009. He was also a contender to lead the International Monetary Fund this year.

Distinguished Service in the Hemisphere Award Alberto Aleman Zubieta – CEO, Panama Canal Authority

With the $5.25 billion canal expansion underway, Aleman has transformed the organization overseeing the inter-oceanic passage into a business-oriented institution boosting trade in the hemisphere and around the globe.

CEO of the Year Marcelo Odebrecht – President and CEO, Odebrecht S.A.

Since taking the helm of the Brazilian firm, Odebrecht has expanded operations in Brazil and expanded into new ventures in an international strategy involving engineering and construction projects around the world.

Investor of the Year Alex Behring – Co-founder and Managing Partner of 3G Capital

Behring helped found the New York-based investment partnership in 2004 and has played a key role in major deals, including lead negotiator on the surprise $4 billion acquisition of Burger King.

Dynamic CEO of the Year Luis Carlos Sarmiento Gutierrez – CEO, Grupo Aval

Stepping up to a leadership role in the financial group, Sarmiento has been on the move, both helping to oversee the acquisition of a Central American banking group and shepherding a recent stock sale in Colombia.

Emerging CEO of the Year Martin Migoya – CEO, Globant

As co-founder and now chief executive of Globant, Migoya has turned the Argentine software developer into a fast-growing company. He led the recent acquisition of the San Francisco-headquartered Nextive, expanding Globant's portfolio of services and international footprint.

Humanitarian of the Year Luanne Zurlo – President and Founder, Worldfund

A former Wall Street research analyst, Zurlo founded Worldfund to improve educational levels in Latin America. Applying private sector skills, she has focused efforts on training public school teachers and administrators to boost academic achievement.

For more information, please visit www.bravo.latintrade.com.

BRAVO Business Awards Sponsors: InterContinental Hotels Group, HSBC, Chevron, Copa Airlines, Right Space Management, Zenith, AES, Bupa, FTI Consulting Inc., Kroll; Partner: Ashoka; Media Partners: CNN en Espanol, Financial Times, PR Newswire; and Communications Partner: Republica.

Latin Trade Symposium Partners: Inter-American Development Bank and Americas Society/Council of the Americas.

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