International Achievement Award
From Castle Point to Caracas, Buenos Aires and beyond, Steven I. Bandel’s leadership and creativity have influenced lifestyles for hundreds of millions across the Hispanic world.
Mr. Bandel is the retired co-chairman and CEO of the Cisneros Group, one of the most prevalent and successful conglomerates in South America, with holdings in media, entertainment, telecommunications, tourism, real estate, consumer products and more. During his 32 years with the company, Mr. Bandel also served as COO, CFO, executive president, and vice president for business development, among many other roles.
Mr. Bandel guided Cisneros during a time when the middle class in Latin America reached a historic high, as tens of millions of enriched consumers sought new goods and services. Among his many groundbreaking decisions, during the early telecom boom Mr. Bandel introduced DIRECTV Latin America and AOL Latin America in 23 countries. He also pursued opportunities in supermarkets, soft drinks, beer and fast food that appealed to emerging consumer tastes throughout the region, including owning and operating companies like Spalding and Evenflo worldwide. Today, Cisneros continues to hold diverse assets Mr. Bandel helped develop, such as Venevision, a leading television network and its creative arm, Venevision International; RedMas and Adsmovil, digital mobile and web advertising agencies in Latin America; and others.
Additionally, Mr. Bandel currently is the chairman of Thinking Heads Latin America; serves on the corporate boards of Carao Ventures, Codina Venture, and London International Bank and Trust; is vice chairman of the Global Advisory Board of Babson College; and serves on the International Advisory Board of Baptist Health South Florida and the Latin America CEO Network. He recently became a partner of Amrop Seelinger y Conde, an international C-suite search firm. Previously, Mr. Bandel has served on the corporate boards of wireless telecom firm Brightstar, multimedia entertainment company Claxson, and Pueblo Supermarkets, and on the non-profit boards of the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami, the Mayor’s International Council of the City of Miami, the Latin America CEO Forum of Florida International University, and the Latin America Advisory Council for the United Way of Miami-Dade.
Mr. Bandel attended Stevens with his brother, Roberto, who graduated in 1976. During his time as a student, Mr. Bandel was active in the Latin American Students Association, and he worked in what was then the restaurant on the first floor of the Howe Center. He also enjoyed touring New York City and seeing live arts and entertainment.
Mr. Bandel earned a graduate degree in business administration, with high honors, from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores in Caracas. He lives in Florida with his wife, Minnie, and together they have a son, two daughters, and three grandchildren.