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Tara Polanco, Costa Rica country manager for Procter & Gamble. (Photo: Procter & Gamble)
Olga Lucía Villegas, the CEO of Latin America at US-based ad agency Leo Burnett. (Photo: Leo Burnett)
Monday, May 6, 2013
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Reaction to the Latinvex ranking of Latin America’s Top 100 Businesswomen.

BY LATINVEX STAFF

The executives who made the Latinvex ranking of Latin America’s Top 100 Businesswomen share their reactions and insights.

“I am truly honored to be part of such a distinguished list of women and recognized by a prestigious publication that Latinvex is,” says
Carmen González-Sanfeliu, Vice President, Latin America & Caribbean for Intelsat.

“This is a tremendous honor,” says Anabel Perez, CEO, NovoPayment. “I hold Latinvex in high regard for its insights into the Latin American business landscape.”

HARD WORK, FAMILY

“To be completely honest, the key to success is to work hard,” Olga Lucía Villegas, the CEO of Latin America at US-based ad agency Leo Burnett, tells Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

“And when you like and love what you do it’s much easier to work hard.”

Villegas says she has received support from her husband and children. When her busy travel schedule crashes with school meetings or doctor’s appointments for the children, her husband has been able to help out.

“When they offered me the regional job in 2008, I sat down with my husband and children to ask if they would support me or not and their support was complete,” she says.

Tara Polanco, Costa Rica country manager for Procter & Gamble, emphasizes that it’s possible to combine a successful career with a personal life.

“I know of a lot of women who don’t think it’s possible to be successful in their career as well as in their personal life,” she tells Costa Rican newspaper La Republica.

“I hope my achievements and the other distinguished women that make up the list will serve as an example.” 

END STEREOTYPES

María Claudia Lacouture, the president of Colombian investment agency Proexport, says the success of Colombian women in business is due to a combination of feminity, discipline, responsibility and a commitment. Lacouture was singled out by Latinvex in a separate ranking over key business leaders in Latin America.

She recommends that businesswomen always have a clear set of priorities – including husband and family – and never feel undervalued being a woman. “It’s time to get rid of the stereotypes,” she tells El Tiempo.

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