Mr. Labbe joined Flint Ink Latin America after the company’s acquisition of Rendic International in 1994. He was named vice president for Flint Ink Latin America South in early 2000. During his tenure with Flint Ink, he started up operations in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile. In 2004, he was named vice president for sales and marketing Latin America, and in February 2008, Mr. Labbe was promoted to the position of president Latin America.
Commenting on Mr. Labbe’s career with Flint Group, Antoine Fady, CEO of Flint Group said, “I would like to thank Claudio in particular for extending his commitment and support to Flint Group during what has been an extraordinary career spanning 20 years. His integrity, commitment and dedication have been of great value to prepare the business for a new chapter of growth.
“Claudio has built a strong business in Latin America and developed a talented team who will ensure that his legacy will continue and further develop,” Mr. Fady added. “Under his overall leadership, the Brazilian and Andean businesses have grown rapidly, and Mexico has become an important business for Flint Group.”
Mr. Labbe will be succeeded by Adhemur Pilar, who has been promoted to vice president and general manager for Flint Group LATAM, with effect from July 1, 2012. Mr. Pilar will continue to be based in Sao Paulo, and will focus on further developing the Brazilian and Argentinean businesses.
Mr. Pilar joined Flint Group in 1999 in a general management position in Brazil, and was appointed sales director of Brazil after the acquisition of CQIB. In 2005, he was appointed as general director of Flint Group Brazil, and was appointed as vice president of operations in 2007.
In further organizational changes, Nestor Porto will be promoted to vice president - Andean, Mexico and Caribbean Region, and will report to Mr. Pilar. Based in Lima, Peru, Mr. Porto will continue with his existing responsibility for the Peruvian joint venture (TGV).
Mr. Porto joined Flint Group’s Latin America Division right after Flint’s acquisition of Rendic International in 1994. Since that time, he has been responsible for starting operations in Central America, Trinidad & Tobago as well as Dominican Republic. In 2002 he moved to Mexico City as regional sales manager for Flint Group’s operations in Mexico and Central America. In 2005, he relocated with Flint Group to Lima, Peru, as regional manager for the Andes, Venezuela and the Caribbean, where he oversees six facilities for the group in this region.