Baltazar Sánchez made Santa Rita chairman

The board of of leading Chilean wine producer Viña Santa Rita has made Baltazar Sánchez Guzmán its new chairman. Arturo Claro Fernández has been appointed vice chairman.

The board also appointed attorney José Ignacio Figueroa Elgueta to the board, to replace his recently-deceased father, Juan Agustín Figueroa Yávar. Ignacio Figueroa currently sits on the board of the other companies within the Claro Group.

Sánchez graduated was responsible for evaluating the Claro Group’s acquisition of Viña Santa Rita. He became the winery’s first CEO after its purchase by Ricardo Claro. Since then has been on the board continually, serving alternately as chairman, vice chairman and board member.

Sánchez is also currently chairman of the boards of Cristalerías Chile, Diario Financiero, Revista Capital and Ed, and a member of the boards of Elecmetal SA (and its subsidiaries in Chile, the US and China), Quemchi, Siemel, and Aguas y Balneario Jahuel.

His professional activities have focused entirely on the agricultural sector, and the wine industry in particular: he is a member of the Cofradía del Mérito Vitivinícola and the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers.