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Governor Perdue to Join International Business Delegation for Sumaq Summit 2004

Friday, April 30, 2004  Contact: Office of Communications 404-651-7774


May 5-7 business conference includes Atlanta Mayor, Federal Reserve Bank COO, and Spain's former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Atlanta - Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta COO Patrick K. Barron, and Spain's former Minister of Foreign Affairs Ana Palacio will join him and senior executives from Atlanta-based and international companies including CNN en Español, Coca-Cola, Delta, Equifax, Siemens Mobile, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Southern Company, Telefónica Latin America, and UPS on May 5-7 for Sumaq Summit 2004: International Business Strategies in Latin America.

Presented by the Sumaq Alliance of international business schools, the executive conference also welcomes government representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico and will focus on the latest management techniques, critical business issues, and strategies for investing and operating in Latin America. In addition to the following, a complete list of speakers and participants can be found at

  • José María Álvarez-Pallete, Executive President, Telefónica Latin America
  • Steve Aronson, Founder and President, Café Britt
  • Roberto Artavia, Rector, INCAE
  • Patrick K. Barron, First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Rolf Beisswanger, VP and Head of Global Sponsoring, Siemens Mobile
  • Daniel Blume, Principal Administrator, Corporate Affairs, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Irma Adriana Gómez Cavazos, Chief of Staff of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
  • Terry Coleman, Speaker, Georgia House of Representatives
  • Leticia Costa, President, Booz Allen Hamilton, Brazil
  • Chris Crommett, General Manager, CNN en Español
  • Jorge Desormeaux, Member of the Board, Central Bank of Chile
  • Victor D. Elizalde, Director, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Raul J. Fernández, CEO, ObjectVideo
  • Shirley Franklin, Mayor, City of Atlanta
  • Enrique García, Executive President, Andean Development Corporation (CAF)
  • Armando Garza, President, Versax
  • José Ignacio González, Executive Director, Hemisphere Inc.
  • Brian Grow, Correspondent, Business Week
  • José Fernando Montoya, President, Hocol
  • Alberto Padilla, Business Anchor, CNN en Español
  • Ana Palacio, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain
  • William R. Phinney, Group Executive, Equifax Latin America
  • Dr. Martín Redrado, Secretary of International Trade, Republic of Argentina
  • Richard M. Riccobono, Deputy Director, U.S. Office of Thrift Supervision
  • Joan Rosas, Director, International Development, La Caixa
  • Anco Saraiva, Sr. VP of Marketing, Globo Television
  • Edward Schumacher, Chief Executive and Editorial Director, Meximerica Media
  • Michael Shifter, Vice President for Policy, Inter-American Dialogue
  • Alberto Trejos, Minister of Foreign Trade, Costa Rica
  • Paulo D. Villares, President, Brazilian Institute for Corporate Governance (IBGC), Brazil
  • Antonio Vives, Deputy Manager, Private Enterprise and Financial Markets, Inter-American Development Bank

"I look forward to a productive discussion on fostering business ties between the U.S. and its Latin American counterparts, in particular, the role Georgia can play in strengthening these relationships," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "This unique gathering of public and private leaders highlights a spirit of cooperation which could lend itself to new and creative business opportunities."

Panels comprised of businesspeople, politicians, academics, and the media will focus on the U.S. Hispanic Market; Financial Services Transformation; Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA); Corporate Governance, Corporate Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility.

"There are many complex and pressing issues facing today's global economy, and we look forward to discussing and debating them within this unique forum," said Angel Cabrera, a Georgia Tech graduate and Dean of Instituto de Empresa (IE), the founding school of Sumaq. "In view of Atlanta's growing importance as a gateway to Latin American markets, it was a natural place to hold Sumaq Summit 2004, and we appreciate the invitation from Governor Sonny Perdue."

Sumaq Summit 2004 will be held at the Omni Hotel-CNN Center. Registration fee is $1,300. For information and to register, contact Ashley Martin at 404-688-7614 or or see

About the Sumaq Alliance
The Sumaq Alliance offers executive education to professionals from large transnational organizations operating in global environments. Sumaq's programs are structured to enable executives to work together toward the same corporate vision while tailoring approaches to local realities. The alliance is comprised of eight top-ranked business schools in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world, all of which are known for top-level international faculties and strong links with the business community.

The Sumaq Alliance includes FGV-EAESP in Brazil, EGADE - Tec de Monterrey in Mexico, Instituto de Empresa (IE) in Spain, IESA in Venezuela, INCAE, Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, and Universidad de San Andres in Argentina. For more information, please visit

About IE (Instituto de Empresa)
IE (Instituto de Empresa), a renowned international business school, empowers graduates with the highest levels of academic achievement, innovative thinking and real-world experience to build successful, ethical organizations worldwide. The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, BusinessWeek and The Economist consistently rank IE as a top international business school and highlight its ability to instill qualities of leadership and entrepreneurship, as well as teaching managerial, communication and interpersonal skills. Additionally, Fortune 1000 companies trust IE as a partner that delivers original, market-oriented concepts with measurable business results. Located in the thriving business community of Madrid, IE offers an open yet structured approach to its full-time master's degree programs, part-time executive master's degrees and executive education programs by integrating academic excellence, entreprenuerism and applied research within an internationally diverse environment.
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