N. Gabriel Tolchinsky
Chief Executive Officer

Erica Lijtztain
Executive Vice President - Chief Operating Officer

Alejandro Jaramillo
Executive Vice President - Chief Commercial Officer

Ana Graciela de Méndez
Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer

Eduardo Vivone
Executive Vice President - Treasury and Capital Markets

Alejandro Tizzoni 
Executive Vice President - Chief Risk Officer

Jorge Luis Real
Executive Vice President - Legal, Compliance & Corporate Secretary

Jorge Córdoba
Executive Vice President - Chief Audit Officer

N. Gabriel Tolchinsky

N. Gabriel Tolchinsky has served as Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors since April 2018. Mr. Tolchinsky joined Bladex as Chief Operating Officer – Executive Vice President in May 2017, after serving as an External Consultant since 2014, and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in February 2018. In 2013, he was a founding partner and Chief Administrative Officer of Maritime Finance Company Ltd., founded by KKR and specializing in maritime finance. Mr. Tolchinsky was also a founding partner of Helios Advisors LLC investment funds from 2002 to 2013, focused on commodity-related companies; FinAccess International Inc., from 2000 to 2002, a Mexican investment fund management company where he served as Chief Operating Officer; as well as a founding partner of Columbus Advisors LLC from 1995 to 2013, specializing in fixed income instruments in emerging markets, where he served as Portfolio and Risk Manager. He previously held various positions in investment banking on Wall Street, New York, from 1985 to 1995, including Producing Manager of Emerging Markets Fixed Income Sales at Merrill Lynch from 1991 to 1995.

Mr. Tolchinsky holds a degree in Mathematical Sciences from Tel Aviv University, Israel, as well as a Master of Science (Operations Research) degree and a Master of Arts (Statistics) degree, both from Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.

Erica Lijtztain

Erica Lijtztain was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer in February 2018, and has served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, since June 2017. She previously served various capacities for Banco Patagonia, S.A. in Argentina: Executive Manager – Risk Management from 2015 to 2017, Budget and Information Manager from 2008 to 2015, Manager – Special Projects from 2003 to 2008, and Manager – Commercial Planning and Control from 2001 to 2003.

Ms. Lijtztain is a Certified International Investment Analyst, and holds a Master degree in Business Administration from University Torcuato di Tella, Argentina, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economic Science – Actuary from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Alejandro Jaramillo

Alejandro Jaramillo was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of the Bank on May 1, 2017. Mr. Jaramillo joined Bladex in 2012, working in the Bank´s Treasury department as the Head of Funding. In 2013, he became the Head of Loan Structuring & Distribution-- spearheading the growth and development of the Bank´s Loan Syndication business and the purchase and sale of loans in the secondary market.

Prior to joining Bladex, Mr. Jaramillo spent nine years at BNP Paribas, both in New York and in Bogota, Colombia. At BNP Paribas, he contributed to the development of the bank´s Commodity Structured Finance business in Latin America, and he was a Director in the Bank´s Corporate & Investment Banking unit. Before that, he worked at Standard Chartered Bank as a credit analyst in their Bogota, Colombia office as well as in the Global Commodity Finance unit in New York.

Mr. Jaramillo has a bachelor´s degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes - Bogota, Colombia, and an MBA from Columbia University - New York.

Ana Graciela de Méndez

Ana Graciela de Méndez joined Bladex in 1990 and has served as Senior Vice President of Finance and the alternate to the CFO since January, 2014, overseeing financial planning, budgeting, capital allocation, financial reporting and investor relations. She has also served in various capacities with the Bank, holding the position of Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis (2002-2014), and several other assignments within the Finance area since 1994. Prior to that, she served as Commercial Relationship Manager at the Bank, with responsibility for Central American accounts (1991-1993), having initiated her career at the Bank as an Economist (1990-1991). Throughout all these years at Bladex, Mrs. Méndez has been assigned to key projects, such as leading the conversion of financial statements from Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States (or “U.S. GAAP”) to International Financial Reporting Standards (or “IFRS”) in adherence to a mandate of the Superintendency of Banks of Panama (2014-2015). Furthermore, Mrs. Méndez participated in the multidisciplinary team which successfully led to the Bank’s Initial Public Offering of its Class E common shares listed in the New York Stock Exchange and registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 1992, as well as in the Bank´s common shares secondary offering in 1994 and rights offering in 2003.

Mrs. Méndez holds a Bachelor degree in Business and Economics with specialization in Economics and Mathematics, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, Connecticut., U.S.A. (1989).

Eduardo Vivone

Eduardo Vivone was appointed Executive Vice President, Treasury and Capital Markets, in February 2018, and has served as Senior Vice President, Head of Treasury, since September 2013.  He also served as Senior Vice President, Funding, from April through August 2013.

Before joining the Bank, he served as Head of Global Markets for HSBC Bank Panama from 2010 to 2012, Regional Sector Head, Government Sector – Global Banking, Americas for HSBC Securities, New York from 2007 to 2010, Head of Treasury for HSBC Bank, Spain from 2003 to 2007, Head of Balance Sheet Management and Forward Foreign Exchange for HSBC Bank, Argentina from 1998 to 2003, and he served diverse Relationship Management capacities for Banco Roberts, Buenos Aires from 1990 to 1997, being the last two years as Head of Treasury Planning. 

Mr. Vivone is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master degree in Finance from the University of CEMA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Bachelor´s degree in Accounting from University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Alejandro Tizzoni

Alejandro Tizzoni has served as Executive Vice President – Chief Risk Officer since April 2016.  He previously served as Senior Vice President of Risk Management, and also held other positions within Bladex's Risk Department over the past ten years.  Mr. Tizzoni previously served for nine years in different roles in the credit risk area in banking and the international private sector in Argentina. 

Mr. Tizzoni holds a Master's Degree in Risk Management from the NYU Stern School of Business, an MBA from the University of Louisville, and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Certified Public Accountant, both from the University of Buenos Aires.

Jorge Luis Real

Jorge Luis Real was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Counsel, Compliance & Corporate Secretary on March 1, 2018.  Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Counsel of the Bank since December 2016, and was appointed Secretary of the Board of Directors in April 2016. He joined Bladex as Vice President, Head of Legal Risk in 2014. Before joining the Bank, he was Coordinator of Latin American Legal Affairs at BNP Paribas New York from 2010 to 2014, Head of Legal Department at BNP Paribas Panama from 2005 to 2010, Head of Legal Department Panama Group of BBVA from 2000 to 2005 and Lawyer at Mauad & Mauad in Panama in 2000.  Mr. Real was admitted to practice law in Panama by the Panamanian Supreme Court of Justice – 1998. 

Mr. Real holds a Master degree in Commercial and Corporative Law from Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua in Panama.

Jorge Córdoba

Jorge Córdoba joined Bladex as Executive Vice President - Chief Audit Officer in October 2017. Previously, Mr. Córdoba served as Director – Internal Audit LATAM for Credit Andorra Financial Group, where he supervised from Panama the internal audit of the Group business in Panama, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Colombia and Miami, USA. Between the years 2002 and 2013, he served as International Internal Auditor for Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG) in charge of the branch offices and affiliates in some Latin American countries and US cities. During 2001 and 2002, he served as Internal Auditor for Dresdner Bank Lateinamerica AG – Panama, and from 1992 to 2001, he served as Senior Auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Córdoba is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Degree in Accounting from Universidad de Panama. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in International Trade Management from St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology, Ontario, Canada.