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Mr. Daes, has served as our Chief Executive Officer and a director since December 2013. Mr. Daes has over 30 years of experience founding and operating various businesses in Colombia and the U.S. In 1984, Mr. Daes together with Christian Daes 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 one-time and complete deliveries. Mr. Daes is responsible for all aspects of Energia Solar’s operations along with the direction and growth of the overall Company, which has grown to become a leading manufacturer of architectural glass, windows, and associated aluminum products for the global commercial and residential construction industries.
Mr. Daes, has served as our Chief Operating Officer and a director since December 2013, Mr. Daes is a co-founder of C.I. Energia Solar S.A. E.S. Windows and Tecnoglass S.A. and has served as the CEO of Tecnoglass S.A. since its inception in 1994. Mr. Daes is responsible for all aspects of the overall Company’s 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 significant growth of the Company’s client portfolio. 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 where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems.
Mr. Giraldo has served as our Chief Financial Officer since 2017. He joined Tecnoglass in 2016 with significant financial experience, having previously served from 2013 to 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Business Development and Strategy at Ocensa, a subsidiary within Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE:EC), Colombia's largest publicly traded company, listed in both the New York Stock Exchange and the Colombian Stock Exchange. Prior to Ocensa, He spent four years as a Vice-President within the Corporate Bank group in Citibank Colombia and prior to that, 10 years with JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo within their Corporate Bank Units in the United States. He has considerable experience in capital markets, bank debt, derivatives, treasury, M&A, and equity related transactions. Mr. Giraldo received a Bachelor in Business Administration (cum laude) from Washburn University and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in International Business and Finance from California State University, Pomona.