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RIO DE JANEIRO — Roberto Irineu Marinho has become president of Organizacoes Globo, South America’s largest media group, following the death of his father, Roberto Marinho Sr.

The decision was announced in a statement signed by the executive and his two brothers, Joao Roberto Marinho and Jose Roberto Marinho, the heirs to company founder Marinho Sr., who died on Aug. 6 at the age of 98.

Organizacoes Globo is a family-owned group with holdings including Brazil’s leading commercial network, TV Globo, as well as companies in pay TV, print, radio, Internet, publishing, film and other sectors.

Roberto Irineu Marinho was already the Globo group’s leading exec, and his appointment to the highest position was expected, analysts said. At the time of his death, the senior Marinho was retired, although he retained the title of president.

Joao Roberto Marinho remains the group’s institutional relations VP and editorial board president.

Jose Roberto Marinho remains social responsibilities VP and will stay in charge of the Roberto Marinho nonprofit foundation.