José Manuel is our CEO and member of the board of directors, with more than 30 years of experience in the operation of businesses in Colombia and the United States. Since 1984 he leads the Tecnoglass group, founded with his brother Christian Daes.
José Manuel is responsible for the continuous, ethical and responsible management and growth of the company, leading the development of innovative products to meet the changing needs of our customers in the commercial and residential construction market, always keeping in mind the best governance practices and maximizing the intrinsic value for our shareholders.
Luis Fernando Castro Vergara has served on our board of directors since November 2018. Since 2017, Mr. Castro Vergara has been serving as a fund manager in the agroindustry sector and overseeing his investments in the construction, infrastructure and agroindustry sectors. Mr. Castro Vergara served as the Chief Executive Officer of Banco de Comercio Exterior de Colombia S.A., Colombia’s development bank, from 2013 to 2017. From 2007 to 2008 and 2012 to 2013, Mr. Castro Vergara was the General Manager of Agrodex International SAS, an import and marketing food company. From 2008 to 2012, he was the Regional Development Agency President of the Barranquilla Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he was General Manager of Provyser S.A., a commercialization and logistics services company in the food industry. He is on the board of directors of Unimed Pharmaceuticals Limited, where he also serves as member of the Audit Committee, and of Colombian the Colombian companies Accenorte SAS and Devimed SAS. Mr. Castro Vergara received a B.S. from Fordham University, a B.S. from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from the Universidad de los Andes Bogota in Colombia. He has complementary education in economic development from Harvard University, strategy and leadership from Pennsylvania University and management from Northwestern University.Member of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Audit Committee
Christian is our Chief Operating Officer and member of the board of directors. Co-founder of the Tecnoglass group, he leads the automation projects, which reduce the consumption of materials and increase the efficiency of the company, maintaining the highest safety standards for our workers and the entire international supply chain.
Christian leads the corporate strategy through innovation, use of technology, energy generation through alternative sources and solidarity with our stakeholders.
Mr. Weil has been our Parent Company's Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since its inception. Mr. Weil was also the Chairman of the Board of Scientific Games Corporation from October 1991 to November 2013, and was the Company’s Chief Executive Officer for all but approximately 24 months of that time. During his tenure, Scientific Games grew from under $50 million in annualized revenue to approximately $2 billion. Mr. Weil received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, an M.S. from the London School of Economics and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.Chair of the Nominating Committee
Mr. Cure Cure has served on the Board of Directors of our Parent Company since September 2019. Mr. Cure Cure currently acts as external advisor to Grupo Olímpica, one of the largest multi-industry conglomerates in Colombia, and is the former president of the Board of Directors of Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE: EC), the leading oil & gas company in Colombia. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Cure Cure served as the Colombian Embassador to Venezuela. Earlier in his carrier, Mr. Cure Cure was the Financial Manager of Cementos del Caribe, General Manager of Cementos Toluviejo, General Manager of Astilleros Unión Industrial, and Sociedad Portuaria de Barranquilla. Mr. Cure cure has served as a board member of Avianca (NYSE: AVH) and Isagen, and is the former President of Bavaria S.A. (AB Inbev, EBR: ABI). Mr. Cure Cure earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
Ms. Byorum has been a member of our Parent Company's Board of Directors since November 2011. Ms. Byorum is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cori Investment Advisors, LLC, a financial services entity that was spun off from VB&P in 2003, and from January 2005 through August 2013 was a division of Stephens Inc., a private investment banking firm founded in 1933. Ms. Byorum was also an Executive Vice President of Stephens Inc. from January 2005 until August 2013. Ms. Byorum co-founded VB&P in 1996 and served as a Partner until February 2003. Previously, Ms. Byorum had a 24-year career at Citibank, where, among other positions, she served as Chief of Staff and Chief Financial Officer for Citibank’s Latin American Banking Group from 1986 to 1990, overseeing $15 billion of loans and coordinating activities in 22 countries. She was later appointed the head of Citibank’s U.S. Corporate Banking Business and a member of the bank’s Operating Committee and a Customer Group Executive with global responsibilities. Ms. Byorum is a Life Trustee of Amherst College and the chairman of the finance committee of the Board of Directors of Northwest Natural Gas, a large distributor of natural gas services in the Pacific Northwest. Ms. Byorum received a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Torres has been a member of our Parent Company's Board of Directors since October 2011. He previously served as our Parent Company's co-Chief Executive Officer from October 2011 through January 2013. Since March 2008, Mr. Torres has served as Managing Director of Nexus Capital Partners, a private equity firm. From April 2006 to February 2008, Mr. Torres served with the Colombian Ministry of Finance acting as the general director of public credit and the treasury. From June 2002 to April 2006, Mr. Torres served as Managing Director of Diligo Advisory Group, an investment banking firm. From September 1994 to June 2002, Mr. Torres served as Vice President with JPMorgan Chase Bank. Mr. Torres received a degree in systems and computer engineering from Los Andes University, a M.B.A. from Northwestern University and a M.P.A. from Harvard University.