Rubens V. Amaral Jr.
Chief Executive Officer

Gabriel Tolchinsky
Executive Vice President - Chief Operating Officer

Alejandro Jaramillo
Executive Vice President - Chief Commercial Officer

Christopher Schech
Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer

Alejandro Tizzoni 
Executive Vice President - Chief Risk Officer

Jorge Luis Real
Senior Vice President - Chief Legal Counsel & Compliance / Secretary of the Board of Directors

Jorge Cordoba
Executive Vice President - Chief Audit Officer

Rubens V. Amaral Jr.

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.

Mr. Amaral is a graduate in Economics, and 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.

Gabriel Tolchinsky

Gabriel Tolchinsky joined Bladex as Chief Operating Officer – Executive Vice President in May 2017, after serving as an External Consultant since 2014.   

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 (2002-2013), focused on commodity-related companies; FinAccess International Inc. (2000 – 2002), a Mexican investment fund management company where he served as Chief Operating Officer; as well as a founding partner of Columbus Advisors LLC (1995-2013), 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 in fixed income markets as Sales and Distribution Directors for Emerging Markets 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. 

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.

Christopher Schech

Christopher Schech has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of the Bank since 2012, and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Bank from 2009 to 2012. Previously, Mr. Schech served as Chief Financial Officer in the Region International division at Volvo Financial Services, part of AB Volvo Group based in Gothenburg, Sweden, covering operations in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia. Prior to that, Mr. Schech served in various capacities in Audit, Finance, and Business Development at General Electric Company (GE), from 1996 to 2008. Mr. Schech’s background also includes serving in various positions in the Financial Services Audit Division at Coopers & Lybrand Deutsche Revision in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1990 to 1996. Mr. Schech is a certified Public Tax Advisor, and holds a M.S. degree in Economic Studies from the University of Konstanz, Germany.

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 has 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 previously served as Vice President, Head of Legal Risk of the Bank from 2014 to 2016. 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 Cordoba

Jorge Cordoba joined Bladex as Executive Vice President - Chief Audit Officer in October 2017. Previously, Mr. Cordoba 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, Chile, 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. Cordoba 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.