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Claudio Labbe, president, Flint Group Latin America, Retires

Luxembourg – Flint Group has today announced that Claudio Labbe, president, Flint

Group Latin America, will retire from the company effective July 1, 2012.

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, Labbe started up operations in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile. In 2004, he was named vice president, sales and marketing, Latin America. In February 2008, he was promoted to the position of President Latin America.

Commenting on Labbe’s career with Flint Group, Antoine Fady, chief executive officer, 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.”

He continued, “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. Under his overall leadership, the Brazilian and Andean businesses have grown rapidly – and Mexico has become an important business for Flint Group.”

Adhemur Pilar

Labbe will be succeeded by Adhemur Pilar, who has been promoted to vice president and general manager for Flint Group LATAM. Pilar will continue to be based in Sao Paulo and will focus on further developing the Brazilian and Argentinean businesses.

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 VP Operations in 2007.

Nestor Porto

In further organisational changes, Nestor Porto will be promoted to vice president, Andean, Mexico and Caribbean Region and will report to Adhemur Pilar. Based in Lima, Peru – Porto will continue with his existing responsibility for the Peruvian joint venture (TGV).

Porto joined Flint Group’s Latin America Division right after Flint’s acquisition of Rendic International in 1994.  Since that time Nestor 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 Groups operations in Mexico and Central America. Subsequently, 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.