The The President of the Republic, Guillermo Lasso, will send a new short list to the Council for Citizen Participation and Social Control (CPCCS) in the next few hours. so that this body can appoint a new Superintendent of Banks and Insurance. This after the previous appointment, which had favored Raúl González Carrión, was rendered ineffective.
From what is known, the official letter addressed to Hernán Ulloa Ordóñez, president of the CPCCS, dated August 5, has already been signed, but there are still certain procedures to complete the pertinent documentation. In said letter, President Lasso indicates that in response to official letter No. CPCCS-CPCCS-2022-0230-OF of August 1, 2022, he sends the aforementioned list. That same August 1, it was learned that the constitutional judge Larissa Ibarra, of the Samborondón Multicompetent Judicial Unit, declared the “radical nullity” of the previous process of appointment of the Superintendent of Banks.
Thus, the professionals who now make up the new short list and who will compete to occupy the highest position in the financial control entity are:
- Roberto Jose Romero von Buchwald
- Rosa Maria Herrera Delgado
- Felipe Andres Cabezas-Klaere
The first in the triplet is Roberto Romero von Buchwald, economist from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, with a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Carlos III University of Madrid. He has held public office during the last three governments and has also alternated his activity in the private sector. He is currently Chairman of the Board at National Corporation of Popular and Solidarity Finances (Conafips)a position he has held since 2019. He was manager of the Biess in Guayaquil in 2014, director of the IESS in Guayas in 2015 and also manager of Research and Development and Management of BanEcuador, in 2016.
Rosa María Herrera Delgado is also an economist from the PUCE and Master of Business Administration from Israel Technological University. Her main work experience has been linked to public institutions, such as the Superintendency of Banks, where she has been, among other positions, National Superintendent of Supervision of Financial System Institutions (2007), technical advisor to the Banking Board (2010-2016), advisor for the insurance sector (2016-2019) and general manager (2019-2020). She was considered in one of the shortlists to be part of the Monetary and Financial Board in 2021.
Felipe Andrés Cabezas-Klaere is a lawyer with a mention in Public Law from the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil. He is a lawyer specializing in Constitutional Law and has a master’s degree in Constitutional Law from the Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo. His name appears as advisor to the Vice Presidency of the Republic in 2019.
The new contest should have been held after the previous one had several setbacks that ended with the disqualification of the first of the list, Rosa Matilde Guerrero. She was disqualified attending a citizen challenge that established objections to her title of sociologist to access the position of superintendent. The third of the list, Doris Padilla, had been disqualified for not meeting the requirements established in the contest. Meanwhile, Raúl González Carrión was appointed as superintendent by the Council. Nevertheless, did not get to take possession by the Assembly due to the aforementioned legal decision.
Raúl González has indicated that he will appeal to the courts to nullify the decision of the Samborondón judge. González’s appointment has been defended by Assemblyman Luis Almeida. Today, former President Rafael Correa also spoke on the subject, saying that the new authority would be illegitimate. (YO)