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.
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.
Santiago Giraldo is our Chief Financial Officer. He joined Tecnoglass in 2016 with significant financial experience, in capital markets, bank debt, derivatives, treasury, M&A and equity related transactions. Santiago is a Business Administrator (cum laude) from Washburn University and holds an MBA with an emphasis in International Business and Finance from California State University at Pomona.
In his role as CFO, Santiago preserves transparency and timely reporting to our stakeholders, in which he identifies the most important environmental, social and governance issues and metrics when making decisions, leading to good investor relations and long-term projects aligned with the company's strategy.