Biography: Héctor Magnetto

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Grupo Clarín CEO Héctor Magnetto joined Clarín newspaper shortly after graduating near the top of his class from University of La Plata, where he earned a degree in economics. Magnetto became president and CEO of Clarín in the early 1970s; in this role, he oversaw the company’s finances and helped shepherd it through the military dictatorship of 1976-1983. Clarín emerged from the dictatorship with the highest circulation of any Latin American newspaper, and Magnetto oversaw the financial side of its expansion into a multimedia giant through the 1990s.

 Magnetto was a founding member the Latin American Forum—an organization that draws together politicians, academics, and business leaders from all over South America. He also served as Vice President of the Association of Argentine Entrepreneurs, and was a member of several other business and media related organizations, including the World Association of Newspapers and the International Press Institute.