The Board of Directors consists of nine (9) members, as follows: (a) two (2) Directors elected by the holders of the class A common shares; (b) five (5) Directors elected by the holders of the class E common shares; and (c) two (2) Directors elected by the holders of all common shares.
Ricardo M. Arango
Herminio A. Blanco
Maria da Graça França
Gonzalo Menéndez Duque
Rubens V. Amaral Jr.
João Carlos de Nóbrega Pecego has served as Director of the Board since 2010. Mr. Pecego has served as Chief Executive Officer of Banco Patagonia, Argentina since 2014. Mr. Pecego has served as President of Grupo Brasil since 2015, Director of Visa Argentina since 2012, President of GPAT Compañía Financiera, Director of Patagonia Valores and Director of Banco Patagonia Uruguay since 2011. Mr. Pecego was Vice President of Banco Patagonia, Argentina from 2011 to 2014. Mr. Pecego was previously Regional General Manager – Head of Latin America of Banco do Brasil based in Argentina from 2009 to 2011. He has been employed by Banco do Brasil in various capacities since 1978, holding the positions of Commercial Superintendent of the South Region of Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Parana) from 2006 to 2009, Executive Manager responsible for Corporate and Project Finance from 2003 to 2006, Executive Manager of the Corporate Area of Banco do Brasil in Sao Paulo from 2000 to 2003, Regional Superintendent of the Sao Paulo Unit from 1995 to 2000, General Manager of the main agencies of Banco do Brasil in Sao Paulo from 1990 to 1995, and in various other capacities from 1978 to 1990.
Mr. Pecego holds a degree in Business Administration from Universidad Costa Braga, Sao Paulo, a postgraduate degree in Business Management from Instituto San Luiz, Sao Paulo and an MBA in International Business from Fundación Don Cabral, Minais Gerais and in Marketing from Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro –PUC-, Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Pecego’s professional experience related to the banking industry qualifies him to serve on the Board.
Roland Holst has served as Director of the Board since 2014. Dr. Holst has served as Director of the Board of Banco Central del Paraguay since 2012. He was Head of Fixed Income Research at State Street Global Markets in Boston, MA from 2007 to 2011 and Quantitative Analyst at Starmine Corp. in San Francisco, CA from 2006 to 2007. He was Teaching Assistant of Econometrics, Public Finance, Finance, Program Evaluation, Macroeconomics and Labor Economics at the University of Chicago from 2003 to 2006. Dr. Holst worked at Garantia PFP, a pension fund, as Investment Manager from 1997 to 2001 and General Manager of Bolsa de Valores de Asunción, Paraguay from 1995 to 1997. He is the author of Social Security and Policy Risk: Evidence of its effects on welfare costs and savings published in 2007.
Dr. Holst holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and a Master in Economics from the University of Chicago. He also holds a Master in Economics from Universidad Católica de Asunción, Paraguay, degrees in Economics and Agronomy from Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay and a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification. Mr. Holst’s professional experience in the fields of finance and economics and his academic skills qualify him to serve on the Board.
Ricardo M. Arango has served as Director of the Board since 2016. Mr. Arango is a senior partner of Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega, in Panama since 1995. From 2004 to date, Mr. Arango has held several management and leadership positions within the firm, contributing to shape the organization into a leading Latin-American law firm, with offices in eight countries. Mr. Arango has served as a member of the board of directors of the Panama Canal Authority since 2016, director and member of the Audit Committee of Banco General since 2012 and member of the board of directors of MHC Holdings since 2002. Mr. Arango served as a member of the board of directors of Corporación La Prensa from 2002 to 2016 and as Chairman of its Editorial Committee from 2011 to 2016. He also served as Chairman of the Panama Stock Exchange from 2007 to 2011 and as a member of its board of directors from 1999 to 2016. He also served as the Secretary of the Bank from 2002 until 2016. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. Arango served as member of the managing partners committee of Lex Mundi, the largest network of independent law firms in the world. Mr. Arango is a member of the Latin American Business Council. Mr. Arango has acted as lead counsel in some of the most complex and largest financial transactions and acquisitions in Panama and Central America, including the initial public offering of several foreign companies listed on the NYSE. From 1998 to 1999, Mr. Arango headed the Presidential Commission that drafted Panama’s current securities act. From 1987 to 1995 Mr. Arango was an associate and partner of Arias, Fábrega y Fábrega, in Panama.
Mr. Arango holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Panama, a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School. He was a Fulbright scholar from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Arango is admitted to practice law in New York and Panama. Mr. Arango´s strong knowledge of the regulatory frameworks where the Bank operates; skills in managing legal, compliance, operational and credit risks of the banking industry; diversified perspective based on his combined legal-business acumen; in-depth understanding of the Bank´s business and operations; and experience as board member in different companies, qualify him to serve on the Board.
Herminio A. Blanco has served as a Director of the Board since 2004. Dr. Blanco is founder and president of IQOM, a consulting corporation and a daily analytical electronic newspaper specializing in international trade in Latin America. IQOM has been the chief advisor to the Mexican private sector during the negotiations of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement). Dr. Blanco is a corporate advisor to corporations throughout the world and is a member of the boards of CYDSA, Arcelor Mittal U.S. and Mexico and FUNO, the largest REIT (real estate investment trust) in Mexico. Dr. Blanco is a member of the International Advisory Committee of Mitsubishi Corporation and the Trilateral Commission and was the Secretary of Trade and Industry of Mexico from 1994 to 2000 and Mexico’s Chief Negotiator of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) from 1990 to 1993. Dr. Blanco was also responsible for the negotiation of the free trade agreement with the European Union and the European Free Trade Area and various agreements with Latin American countries and with Israel. Dr. Blanco contributed to the launching of negotiations of the free trade agreement with Japan. He was Assistant Professor of Economics at Rice University, in Houston, Texas from 1980 to 1985.
Dr. Blanco holds a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and a Ph.D. in Economics from University of Chicago. Dr. Blanco’s extensive experience and background in foreign trade and finance, along with his academic and consulting skills, qualify him to serve on the Board.
Mario Covo has served as a Director of the Board since 1999. Dr. Covo is the Founding Partner of DanaMar LLC in New York, a financial consulting corporation established in 2013. He was Founding Partner of Helios Advisors in 2003, Founding Partner of Finaccess International, Inc. in 2000 and of Columbus Advisors in 1995, in New York. Dr. Covo worked at Merrill Lynch from 1989 to 1995, where he was Head of Emerging Markets-Capital Markets. Prior to working for Merrill Lynch, Dr. Covo worked at Bankers Trust Company of New York from 1985 to 1989 as Vice President in the Latin American Merchant Banking Group, focusing on corporate finance and debt-for-equity swaps. Prior to that Dr. Covo was an International Economist for Chase Econometrics from 1984 to 1985, focusing primarily on Venezuela and Colombia.
Dr. Covo holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Rice University and a B.A. with honors from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico. Dr. Covo’s extensive background and experience in the financial services industry, and his exposure to the markets where the Bank operates qualify him to serve on the Board.
Maria da Graça França has served as a Director of the Board since 2004. Ms. França served as Director of Internal Control of Banco do Brasil from 2006 to 2007. She also served in various other capacities during her tenure with Banco do Brasil, since 1971, as Head of North America and General Manager of Banco do Brasil, New York Branch from 2004 to 2005, Executive General Manager of the International Division in Brasilia, Brazil from 2002 to 2003, Regional Manager for the operations of the Bank in South America based in Argentina in 2002, General Manager of Banco do Brasil, Paris Branch from 1999 to 2002, Deputy General Manager of Banco do Brasil, Miami Branch from 1993 to 1999, General Manager of the department responsible for Banco do Brasil’s foreign network from 1992 to 1993, Deputy General Manager for foreign exchange from 1989 to 1992, Assistant Manager within the Risk Management Area from 1988 to 1989, Assistant Manager for foreign exchange internal controls from 1984 to 1987 and employee in the Foreign Exchange Department from 1971 to 1984.
Ms. França holds a degree in Economics and Accounting from Universidad Federal de Uberlandia-Minais Gerais, Brazil. Ms. França’s experience managing operations and internal controls in international banking as well as her extensive tenure with Banco do Brasil, provide her unique insight, and qualify her to serve on the Board.
Miguel Heras has served as a Director of the Board since 2015. Since 1999, Mr. Heras has served as Executive Director and as a member of the board of Inversiones Bahia, Ltd. in Panama, the largest investment group in Central America, focusing in the financial, infrastructure, real estate, and communications areas. He leads the private equity and venture capital efforts of the group. Mr. Heras also serves on various other boards throughout Latin America including Cable Onda since 2009, Sistemas de Generación S.A. (SIGSA) and the Biodiversity Museum since 2008, Televisora Nacional and Bahia Motors since 2007, Industrias Panama Boston since 1999. Mr. Heras has served as Director of Banco Continental de Panama from 2002 to 2007 and was also a member of its ALCO Committee. Mr. Heras was the negotiator for the acquisition of several banking institutions and in 2007 led the negotiation for the merger of Banco Continental with Banco General to create one of the largest banks in Central America. Mr. Heras was also a member of the board of directors of Amnet Telecommunications Holdings, the leading provider of pay TV and triple play services in Central America from 2005 to 2008, Tricom from 2009 to 2014, Vice Chairman of the board of Cable and Wireless (Panama) Inc. from 1997 to 1999 and a member of the board of the Panamanian Stock Exchange from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Heras was Minister of the Treasury of the Republic of Panama from 1996 to 1998 and President of the Council on Foreign Trade. He served as Vice Minister of the Treasury from 1994 to 1996.
Mr. Heras holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Commerce and Finance of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Heras’ professional expertise in economics, finance and private equity and his experience as a board member of different companies, qualify him to serve on the Board.
Gonzalo Menéndez Duque has served as a Director of the Board since 1990 and Chairman of the Board since 2002. Mr. Menéndez Duque is a senior director of the Luksic companies in Chile and serves as Director of the following Luksic group holding companies: Banco de Chile since 2001, Banchile Asesoria Financiera S.A. since 2006, Banchile Seguros de Vida S.A. since 2000, Andsberg Investment Ltd. and Andsberg Ltd. since 2007, Antofagasta Group since 1997, Antofagasta PLC since 1985, Holdings Quiñenco since 1996, Socofin S.A. since 2010, Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores S.A. since 2011 and Empresa Nacional de Energia Enex S.A. since 2013. In addition, he has served as President of Inversiones Vita S.A. and Director of Inversiones Vita Bis since 2000, both Luksic group companies. He also serves as Vice Chairman of Fundación Andrónico Luksic A. and Fundación Educacional Luksic since 2005 and Director of Inmobiliaria e Inversiones Rio Claro S.A. since 2013. Previously, Mr. Menéndez Duque served as Director and President of several companies related to Grupo Luksic since 1985, including the following: Banco de A. Edwards and related companies, Banco Santiago, Empresas Lucchetti, S.A., Banco O’Higgins, Banchile Corredores de Bolsa S.A. and Banchile Administradora General de Fondos. Mr. Menéndez Duque was previously the Chairman of the Board of Bladex from 1995 to 1997.
Mr. Menéndez Duque holds a degree in Business Administration and Accounting with honors from Universidad de Chile. Mr. Menéndez Duque’s skills, leadership and managerial experience in large complex organizations in various extensively regulated industries, and his experience as a board member in different companies, qualify him to serve on the Board.
Rubens V. Amaral Jr. has served as a Director of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank since August 2012. Prior to his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Amaral was Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer of the Bank, and the alternate to the Chief Executive Officer since April 2004. He previously served as General Manager and Managing Director for North America at Banco do Brasil, New York Branch, and a Director of the Board of Bladex from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Amaral served in various capacities with Banco do Brasil since 1975, holding the positions of Managing Director of the International Division and alternate member of the board of directors in 1998, among others. Mr. Amaral also served as a representative in banking supervision for the Central Bank of Brazil from 1982 to 1988, and in various roles at institutions in the banking industry, including Honorary President of the Global Network of Exim Banks and Development Finance Institutions (G-Nexid), Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Bankers - IIB, a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Latin America Studies at the George Washington University, a member of the International Advisory Council at the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade - BAFT, and a Director of the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce, in New York.
He is a graduate in Economics, and he holds a special certification from the Association of Alumni of the Brazilian Superior School of War in Political and Economic Affairs. Mr. Amaral’s extensive knowledge of Bladex in different capacities, his expertise in the financial services industry, as well as his managerial experience and strong leadership skills qualify him to serve on the Board.