Inter-American Development Bank appoints three senior leaders

The board of the Inter-American Development Bank has installed three new senior leaders at the intergovernmental institution.

IDB has named Jordan Schwartz as executive vice president and Ana María Ibáñez and Anabel González as vice presidents.

Schwartz joins from the World Bank, where he was country director for Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, and as executive vice president will serve the function of chief operating officer. In the new role, he will be tasked with overseeing quality control and the risk management of all IDB operations.

María Ibáñez has a Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Maryland, and will serve as economics principal advisor within the IDB’s vice presidency team for sectors and knowledge. She joins from the University of the Andes in Colombia, where she was dean of the economics department, and starts work at the bank on June 1.

González will become vice president for countries, in which post she will be responsible for leading the IDB’s relationship with borrowing member countries. She will join the bank on Sept. 1 from the World Trade Organization, where she is currently deputy director-general.

The trio have been confirmed to their new jobs by the IDB board after previously being nominated by IDB President Ilan Goldfajn.

Goldfain was elected as president of the IDB in November, and took up the post following a special meeting of the bank’s board of governors. He replaced former President Mauricio Claver-Carone, who was ousted in October following an ethics scandal.