Costcutting

Gustavo Ballvé on August 3rd, 2016

It is impossible not to be criticized when you are in the spotlight. Case in point: Warren Buffett. In the space of two weeks he has been criticized for supporting Hillary Clinton in the US presidential race, for a Corporate Governance “manifesto” co-signed by several CEOs (I’ll adress that in a separate post), and now for being increasingly “relentless” in his search for efficiency.

Read more about Warren Buffett: recent criticism

Gustavo Ballvé on July 13th, 2010

The WSJ had an interview in late June with Carlos Brito about his plans for Anheuser-Busch Inbev. The video inside is focused on the corporate culture aspect, and it’s always refreshing to watch. That said, we wonder if the video registers for foreign investors as much as it registers for investors who have been exposed for so many years to the effects that Brahma’s/ AmBev’s/ InBev’s and now ABI’s culture really has over time.

Read more about Carlos Brito at the WSJ

Gustavo Ballvé on May 11th, 2010

The brazilian management of AB-InBev is surprising even americans for their fiercely-enforced operational efficiency measures. Their surprise is, well, surprising to us in light of what the same people did in Europe at Interbrew, and highlights the advantages of looking at companies globally.

Read more about Brazilian capitalism in the US

Gustavo Ballvé on February 23rd, 2010

Judging by the recent troubles in Belgium and the article at Valor (in portuguese), the love-hate relationship with InBev in Belgium has gone to hell. And there’s the “socialism vs. capitalism” conflict in Europe again. If it weren’t for the image deterioration risk – and it seems that they’re handling it by going as far as they can, but no further – the union representative’s words would be music to shareholders’ ears.

Read more about AB Inbev a love-hate case in Belgium

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