Five Stars Award Winners 2023: Recognizing Technology and Business Leaders of LATAM

Winners for the five regions—were named at Celent’s Latinsites event at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami on the eve of ITC LATAM.

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Alejandra Marinaro, Head of Innovation and New Technologies, La Perseverancia.

Winners of the Five Stars Awards were named yesterday, April 24, at Celent’s fifth Latinsites event, which this year served as a precursor to the inaugural InsurTech Connect LATAM (ITC LATAM) conference at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Fla. The Awards were presented by Anthony O’Donnell, Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter, and Juan Mazzini, Director, Insurance Practice. APAC, EMEA, and LATAM at Celent/Co-founder and President of the Miami Insurtech Advocates Hub.

The Five Stars Award is a distinction accorded by Insurance Innovation Reporter (IIR) in partnership with Celent. The Award, now in its 5th edition, aims to recognize the most innovative insurance executives using technology in support of their companies’ business goals in each of five regions of Latin America: Mexico, Central America and Caribbean, the Andean countries, the Southern Cone, and Brazil. To see a full list of the finalists, click here.

Cibele Cardin, CIO, Care Plus.

The winners are the following:

Southern Cone: Alejandra Marinaro, Head of Innovation and New Technologies, La Perseverancia (Argentina)

Brazil: Cibele Cardin, CIO, Care Plus, a Bupa Company

Andes: Luis Ramos Espinoza, IT Corporate VP at Sura (Medellín, Colombia)

Central America & Caribbean: Darwin Leonel Aquino Farfán, Innovation Head at Seguros El Roble (Guatemala)

Luis Ramos Espinoza, IT Corporate VP, Sura.

Mexico: Emilio Vera Yañez, COO, Assurant

“It is always exciting to see the how much creativity, vision and discipline that technology executives in the Latin America region contribute to their businesses to achieve success in their respective markets,” commented O’Donnell. “One of the things that makes the Five Stars Awards process so difficult is that there is so much talent, so much excellence. That being the case, along with the very agreeable task of honoring five executives is the difficult job of choosing among a longer list of talented finalists.”

Darwin Leonel Aquino Farfán, Head of Innovation, Seguros El Roble.

Consistent and Meaningful Impact

“The Latin American region is home to a community of very talented IT and innovation executives, which in many occasions have to deliver results in very uncertain conditions and with budget and resource constraints,” comments Juan Mazzini, Director, Insurance Practice. APAC, EMEA, and LATAM at Celent/Co-founder and President of the Miami Insurtech Advocates Hub. “Sometimes it seems like magic to me, as we see the amazing results from the winners year over year,” commented Mazzini. “All winners demonstrated a consistent and meaningful impact in their respective organizations throughout their professional careers, which shows not only in the quality of their innovations but also in the metrics of contribution to the business.”

Emilio Vera Yañez, COO, Assurant Mexico.

Nomination for the Five Stars Awards is open, anonymous, and at no cost. An expert panel of Celent analysts determines the finalists for each region and a judging panel formed by Hilario Itriago (President at Boxx Insurance USA / Chairman of The Latam Insurtech Accelerator / Co-founder and VP of the Miami Insurtech Advocates Hub), Gabriela Rozier (Founder of Evenet / Manager and Secretary Officer of the Miami Insurtech Advocates Hub), Fabio Sarrico (Analyst at Celent), and Juan Mazzini decide on the winners.


LATAM Stars of Insurance Innovation: Finalists for the 2023 Five Stars Awards

Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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