ShowEast names Cinepolis' Acuna 'International Exhibitor of the Year'

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Eduardo Acuña, CEO of Cinépolis in Brazil, will be honored with the 2014 ShowEast “International Exhibitor of the Year” Award during the event’s International Awards Program on Oct. 27 at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida.

“ShowEast is very pleased to bestow the International Exhibitor of the Year Award to Eduardo Acuña for his remarkable achievements,” stated Andrew Sunshine, co-managing director of the annual convention. “Because of Eduardo’s leadership, Cinépolis has realized tremendous growth in a very short period of time and has been heralded as an exhibition leader in Brazil.”

Acuña joined Cinépolis in Mexico in 2005 as the head of the financial planning and supply chain departments, where he led the first digital conversion efforts. From Mexico, he moved to Brazil in 2010 to lead Cinépolis’ entrance into the Brazilian market, opening its first multiplex in June of 2010. In just over four years, Cinépolis Brazil now operates 40 multiplexes comprised of over 300 screens in 30 cities across the country. It is the second-largest exhibition group in Brazil in terms of screens, revenue and attendance.

In its four years of existence, Cinépolis Brazil has won awards for best cinema in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro from the most influential magazines and newspapers in the country. Cinépolis Brazil was also recognized with the ED Prize for best Exhibitor Group in Brazil in 2011, 2012, and 2013. This award is particularly relevant since it's voted on, and awarded by, all distributor groups in Brazil. Finally, under Acuña's leadership, Cinépolis Brazil has made two acquisitions consolidating its presence in the market.

Before working at Cinépolis, Acuña was deputy general director of planning, social program design and foreign affairs at the Ministry of Social Development in Mexico. He has also held positions at the Mexican Central Bank, at McKinsey & Company, at Goldman, Sachs and Company, and as project leader of SARI, a project intended to bring economic development to India’s rural south.

ShowEast 2014 will take place Oct. 27-30 and will feature screenings of major upcoming films, sponsored events, timely seminars and a trade show.