WorldCity’s Tech Connections, October 11, 2013 – Mobility: Enabling a Connected Economy in Latin America


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October 11, 2013 
Marcelo Caputo
Telefonica USA
Richard Wadsworth 
Regional Head, Mobility and ECommerce
MasterCard Latin America
 José Antonio Ríos 
 CEO and Chairman
 Mark Crofton   
VP, Mobility, Latin America  
Juanjo Duran
Head of Content Strategy
 Friday, October 11, 2013
8-10:15 a.m.
Four Seasons Hotel   
General Admission: $75
Members and Sponsors: Free 
In Latin America, cell phone usage and access to connectivity via mobile devices continues to increase, enabling banking, shopping and “always on” social communication for more of the population than we may realize.  According to a recent World Bank report,  nearly 98% of the Latin American region’s population have a mobile cell signal and 84% of Latin American households subscribe to some type of mobile service. And similar to the way many people in Latin America bought cell phones without ever even having a fixed landline, tablet purchases are enabling connectivity and access to the Internet for people who may have never previously had a personal computer.   Please join WorldCity for an interactive discussion on how mobility is enabled, and how its use is redefining communication and creating a connected economy. We’re proud to have a top panel of guests, including:  Richard Wadsworth, Regional Head of Mobility and ECommerce for MasterCard Latin America; José Antonio Ríos, CEO and Chairman of Celistics, and Mark Crofton, VP of Mobility for Latin America at SAP, Marcelo Caputo, CEO for Telefonica USA and Juanjo Duran, head of Content Strategy for YouTube. We hope you can join us and encourage you to register as soon as you can to reserve your seat.  
About our Panelists:

Telefonica USA’s Marcelo Caputo


Marcelo Caputo is the CEO of Telefonica USA, and director of the firm’s Multinational Extended Global Markets division.  He joined Telefonica,  one of the most important carriers in Latin America and the world, in 1993, and has since held increasingly senior positions including VP roles in different divisions in Madrid and at Telefonica Mexico. Marcelo is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires with degrees in electrical engineering and business administration.


MasterCard’s Richard Wadsworth


Richard Wadsworth is the regional head of Mobility and ECommerce for Latin America at MasterCard, one of the world’s top technology company in the global payments industry. Prior to joining MasterCard, Richard held several senior positions with Telefónica International and Telefónica del Peru, also focused on new technology development for the mobile payment and financial sector in Latin America. Previously in his career he worked in technology development at Grupo Royal Dutch (Shell). Born in Peru, Richard earned a degree in Systems Engineering.   




Celistics’ Jose Antonio Rios


José Antonio Ríos is the CEO and Chairman of Celistics, the fastest growing telecom and consumer electronics logisticsoperator and distributor in Latin America, with operations in 16 countries across Latin America and more than 1600 employees. Previously José Antonio was the international president for Global Crossing(later acquired by Level 3), and president and CEO of Telefónica Media. Earlier in his career José Antonio was the founding President and CEO of Galaxy Latin America which launched DIRECTV Latin America, and also served as the COO and Corporate VP of the Cisneros Group of Companies. José Antonio earned an industrial engineering degree from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Venezuela.   




SAP’s Mark Crofton


Mark Hans-Joachim Crofton is the Vice President, Mobility for Latin America at SAP AG, a worldwide technology leader in business management solutions that improve operations and customer relations. Prior to this role for Latin America, Mark served on SAP’s global mobility team, and held positions with the firm in mergers and acquisitions, business development and strategy. Mark joined SAP from McKinsey & Company where he was a consultant advising clients on technology strategy. Previously, he worked at early-stage venture capital firms in the U.S. and Latin America. He began his career in the software division of Thomson Financial (now ThomsonReuters).  Mark earned an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from Tufts University. He is fluent in Spanish and German. 


YouTube’s Strategy, Juanjo Duran


Juanjo Duran leads the content strategy on the partnerships team for YouTube’s U.S. Hispanic market and oversees content moving from the U.S. into Latin America. He is responsible for developing, attracting and consolidating Spanish and English content appealing to the Latino/Spanish-speaking audience for YouTube, the world’s largest video platform, now part of Google.  Prior to joining YouTube, Juanjo was with Mexican multimedia conglomerate Televisa, where he led the new business development team and oversaw the digital team in the U.S. and Latin America. Prior to that, he was with SatMex, managing U.S. commercial initiatives.  He earned a B.S. in Business Administraton from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de  Monterrey. 



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Americas Gateway – Search & Consulting
Steven Bartley
Adriana Garcia Espinoza
Mario Vargas 
DigitalEra Group
Norman Huszar
Francisco Manrique 
Mastercard Worldwide
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Lewis Greenberg
Hernán Rincón
Yuda Saydun 
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