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Board of Directors

Jose Ramón Pocaterra

Jose Ramón Pocaterra 

Jose Ramón Pocaterra was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in February, 2020. He is a senior financial, business, and planning professional with 20 years of international experience in the operational, marketing, and financial fields of the oil and gas industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Santa María, Venezuela; a postgraduate diploma in corporate finance from Universidad Metropolitana, Venezuela; an MBA certificate from the University of Texas; and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) School of Management, Venezuela.

Luisa Palacios

Luisa Palacios

Luisa Palacios served as Chairwoman of the CITGO Petroleum Corporation Board of Directors from February 2019 through October 2020 and remains actively engaged as a Director. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Palacios was a Senior Managing Director and member of the Management Committee of Medley Global Advisors where, during her career, she also served as head of Emerging Markets Research and Latin America Research. She previously worked at Barclays Capital, Society Generale and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. She graduated from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and received a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a Ph.D. in international affairs from The John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is a former non-resident fellow at the Center for Energy Policy at Columbia University and a Visiting Professor at the Energy Center of Caracas-based IESA’s School of Management.

Carlos E. Jordá

Carlos E. Jordá

Carlos E. Jordá is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CITGO Petroleum Corporation. He has 47 years of experience in the international oil and gas industry. Prior to this position, he served as a Director at Delek US Holdings, Inc., a refining and marketing firm, and as a Consultant in Gaffney, Cline & Associates, where he advised oil companies in both upstream and downstream operations in the United States and abroad. He started his professional career in the 1970s in Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA) where he held several top executive positions in refining, corporate planning, finance and upstream, including Vice President of Refining, Vice President of PDVSA, and President of PDV America. He also served as chairman of the CITGO Board of Directors from 1999 – 2002.

Mr. Jordá holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Michigan Technological University and Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Andres Eloy Padilla

Andres Eloy Padilla 

Andres Eloy Padilla is a Finance and Logistics Control Analyst at INABLO LLC, a full-service food import and export company. Prior to his current position, Mr. Padilla held finance-related positions in various Venezuelan companies. He received Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees from Florida International University.

Fernando Vera

Pablo Perez Barreiro

Perez Barreiro is the founder and principal director of Ingenium Development Inc., a consultancy firm for business strategy, growth management, and organizational development. Mr. Perez Barreiro also founded Activate Group Inc., a business acceleration firm for large companies, and held senior leadership positions in the Vanenburg Group for the Americas region and Arthur Andersen & Company in Caracas, Venezuela. Perez Barreiro is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a bachelor’s of science in Public Accounting from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.

Fernando Vera

Marcelo Laprea-Bigott

Dr. Laprea-Bigott is a petroleum engineering professor and author with more than 34 years of experience in academic positions at Texas A&M University, Universidad de Oriente (Puerto La Cruz-Venezuela), and the Texas Oil & Gas Institute. Laprea-Bigott provided technical consulting to national and private oil companies in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Malaysia, Russia, and the United Kingdom and received the Schlumberger Advisor award in 2014 in recognition of his technical contributions and leadership for the company and the industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela, and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Fernando Vera

Fernando Vera 

Fernando Vera is an attorney and the current Board Secretary of CITGO Petroleum Corporation. His practice specializes in energy project development and financial and corporate matters, including the restructuring and implementation of infrastructure projects and investments in hydrocarbons projects. Mr. Vera previously served as a member and corporate secretary of the boards of various oil and gas companies in Latin America. He is a retired counsel of Gámez & Vera Abogados and also served as an attorney in an affiliate of The AES Corporation: C.A La Electricidad de Caracas until 2005 and in The Third Party Unit of the Exploration and Production Division of PDVSA until January 2003. Mr. Vera graduated from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in 1997 and holds a Master of Law (LL.M) degree from The Washington College of Law, The American University, and a Master of Business Administration from IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.

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