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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.
Santiago 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 in the United States, working with JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo within their Corporate Bank Units. 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.