SOURCE: Institutional Investor

Institutional Investor

November 09, 2010 09:30 ET

How C-Suite It Is: Cosan Sweeps in Institutional Investor Ranking of LatAm Execs

Ethanol Processor Is Across-the-Board Champion for Best CEO, CFO and Investor Relations in Its Sector

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 9, 2010) -  Cosan, the Brazil-based sugar and ethanol processor that recently announced a $12 billion joint venture with Europe's largest oil company, Royal Dutch Shell, is the big winner in Institutional Investor's inaugural Latin America Executive Team ranking.

The complete list of winners can be found at

Institutional Investor asked buy- and sell-side analysts to name the best CEOs, CFOs, investor-relations professionals, and outfits with the most highly regarded IR departments among the companies they cover.

Analysts on both sides agree that Cosan is home to the Agribusiness sector's Best CEO, Marcos Marinho Lutz; Best CFO, Marcelo Eduardo Martins; and Best IR Professional, Luiz Felipe Jansen de Mello; it also provides better investor relations than any of its peers, they say.

Cosan is the only company to finish in first place in every category in its sector.

Another company that analysts rate highly, thanks in part to its strategic expansion efforts, is Walmart de Mexico. In February the discount retailer, which is 68 percent owned by Wal-Mart Stores of Bentonville, Arkansas, acquired from its parent company Walmart Centroamérica in a $36.6 billion pesos ($2.8 billion) deal; the latter subsidiary operates hundreds of stores in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Analysts say CFO Rafael Matute Labrador is the best finance chief in Latin America's Consumer Goods & Retailing sector; Walmex is also the highest-ranked Mexican company.

Empresas CMPC is the highest-ranked Chilean company, Cementos Argos outperforms all other Colombian businesses and Peru's Southern Copper Corp. is that country's top-ranked company.

The complete list of winners can be found at

For more information about this ranking, please contact Michele Bickford at or (212) 224-3360.

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