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Mr. Daes, the Chief Executive Officer and a director of our Parent Company since December 2013, has over 30 years of experience founding and operating various businesses in Colombia and the U.S. In 1984, Mr. Daes, his brother Christian Daes and a partner founded C.I. Energia Solar S.A. E.S. Windows, a manufacturer of high-end architectural window products, to capitalize on the growth of the construction of luxury apartment buildings in Barranquilla, and other Colombian cities. In 1994, Mr. Daes and Christian Daes founded Tecnoglass S.A. in order to establish an in-house glass processing plant that could meet their demand of on-time and complete deliveries. In 2007, they added an aluminum processing and production facility to further boost the business prospects. Mr. Daes is now responsible for the direction and growth of the Company, which has grown to become a global leader in glass and window products.
Mr. Daes, Chief Operating Officer and a director of our Parent Company since December 2013, is a co-founder of C.I. Energia Solar S.A. E.S. Windows and Tecnoglass S.A. and previously served as the CEO of Tecnoglass S.A. since its inception in 1994. He is responsible for all aspects of the Company operations, sales, and marketing. Mr. Daes was instrumental in leading Tecnoglass S.A.’s expansion into foreign markets, including the U.S., and has overseen the growth of the company’s client portfolio from 50 to over 300 customers. Mr. Daes is also the founder of the philanthropic Tecnoglass — ES Windows Foundation, which promotes local development, health and social programs in Barranquilla, Colombia. Mr. Daes is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a baccalaureate in Business Information Systems.
Mr. Fernandez, Chief Financial Officer and a director of our Parent Company since December 2013, has also served as the Chief Financial Officer for C.I. Energia Solar S.A. E.S. Windows and Tecnoglass S.A. since 2007. He was previously a director of C.I. Energia Solar beginning in 2002. Mr. Fernandez oversees the gathering, reporting, presentation and interpretation of historical financial information for the Company, as well as the implementation and oversight of financial strategy for the Company. Mr. Fernandez holds degrees in business administration and family business management from the Universidad del Norte and Universidad de Los Andes, respectively.