The Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia will continue to promote Georgia-Brazil business ties in support of Atlanta‘s bid for the Free Trade Area of the Americas secretariat, according to the chamber’s newly elected chairman, Jacobus Boers.

          The chamber board of directors elected new leadership during a meeting, May 27.

          Mr. Boers, vice president of business development for Excellatron Solid State LLC, is to replace David Bruce, a professor at Georgia State University‘s J. Mack Robinson College of Business.  Dr. Bruce has been named to the advisory board of Hemisphere Inc., the organizing committee for Atlanta’s FTAA bid.

          Alessandra Coppola, an international research manager, Turner Broadcasting Latin America is to replace Lucia Jennings, a senior buyer for Coca-Cola Co., as chamber president. Ms. Jennings will continue to serve as treasurer for the chamber.

          “Under the leadership of Dr. Bruce and Ms. Jennings, the chamber became an important player in the development of business and political relationships between Georgia and Brazil,” Mr. Boers told GlobalFax.  “And this is something we absolutely plan to continue.” 

Johanna Sullivan, a licensing manager for the Coke’s Latin America division, has been elected the organization’s secretary and Christina Ragazzi, an online manager for TNT Latin America, is to serve as communications chairperson.

          Rosana Lima and Tania Morales, both graduate students at Georgia State, have been elected to the events committee.

          For additional information, contact Mr. Boers at (404) 315-1721 or via email at