Coljuegos announces new president

The new appointment will see Cesar Augusto Valencia Galiano replace Juan Pérez Hidalgo, who resigned from the post last week

On the 28th of November 2020, the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit,  appointed Cesar Augusto Valencia Galiano as the president of Coljuegos. Galiano will replace Juan Pérez Hidalgo who resigned from the post last week. 

Hidalgo (right) was appointed as the president of Coljuegos in 2016. The ex president of Coljuegos oversaw a number of operations that haveJuan Perez Hidalgo been pivotal to the development of the LatAm market, including supervising Colombia’s  online gaming regulation.

This type of legislation was the first of its kind in the LatAm market and has since opened the floodgates for incredible growth. Mr. Hidalgo’s appointment as president had not only influenced the gaming market but had also aided Colombia’s healthcare system, contributing to around 70 billion pesos in 2019 due to the newly regulated market. 

He had a reputation of listening to operator needs, communicating the benefits of the industry to the public and making sure LatAm kept up with global trends. Therefore, Juan Perez Hidalgo is one of, if not, the most influential people in the Latin American market who has completely changed the industry in that specific market. 

On the other hand, his replacement has 40 years' experience at Smurfit Kappa Carton, a world leader in the Galianoproduction of corrugated cardboard and paper packaging. It was during his time with Smurfit that led him to reach the position of Vice President of the Central America and Caribbean Regions in 2016, before becoming Coljuegos President. 

He also served two terms as president of ACCCSAs (Association of Corrugators of the Caribbean, Central and South American) and is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Universidad del Norte. 

It will be interesting to see whether Valencia Galiano (left) can continue the work that Juan Pérez Hidalgo has done throughout  his  years  apresident  and  whether  Colombia  will  continue to grow at the rate it is. 

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