Alberto Vallarino Clement

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Alberto Vallarino Clément
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Alberto Vallarino, CEO Grupo VerdeAzul, S.A.
Born (1951-04-02)2 April 1951
Panama City
Alma mater Cornell University
Occupation CEO of Grupo VerdeAzul, S.A
Spouse(s) Adriana Lewis Morgan

Alberto Vallarino Clément, (Panama City, April 2, 1951) engineer, businessman and president of Grupo VerdeAzul, S.A. since 2011.


Alberto Vallarino Clément was born in Panama City on April 2, 1951. He is the son of Mr. Alberto Vallarino Céspedes and Mrs. Marta Stella Clément Linares. One of his great-grandparents, Mr. Enrique Linares, served as president twice and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence of the Republic. His other grandfather, Carlos Clément, was one of the heroes of the Independence in Colón.[1]

On July 24, 1981, Vallarino married Adriana Lewis Morgan, daughter of Samuel Lewis Galindo and Itza Morgan de Lewis. They have three children: Ana Maria, Diego and Ximena.[1]


In 1968 he obtained his diploma of Bachelor of Science from Colegio La Salle, with first place of honor of his class.[1] In 1973 he graduated in Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, where he also earned a master's degree in business administration in 1974.[2][3]

Work experience[edit]

Alberto Vallarino began his career in 1974 at Citibank, N.A.[3] Later he worked as General Manager of Industria Nacional de Plásticos, S.A. (1975-1988) and Executive Vice President of Metalforma, S.A. (1979-1988). In 1988, he was appointed Executive Vice President of Banco del Istmo and its subsidiaries.[2]

He also served as CEO of Grupo Banistmo for 20 years, until its sale in 2007 to the HSBC group.[4][5]

In 1999, Alberto Vallarino founded the Buenaventura Tourism Development.[6]

In addition, Vallarino was member of the board of directors of several companies: Cable & Wireless Communications Panama, S.A., Caja de Seguro Social (Social Security), Banco Nacional de Panamá and Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica S.A. (Electric Transmission Company).[2]

On February 19, 2013, he was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority for a period of nine years.[7]

Since 2011, Alberto Vallarino has been the CEO of Grupo Verdeazul, S.A.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1984 he was General Sub Coordinator of the presidential campaign of Arnulfo Arias. Meanwhile, during 1989 he participated from corporate associations in the Cruzada Civilista (Civil Crusade) to overthrow the military dictatorship.[1]

For the elections of May 2 of 1999, Vallarino was the presidential candidate for Acción Oppositora, which emerged from the alliance of four opposition groups, including Partido Demócrata Cristiano.[8][9]

Between 2009 and 2011, Alberto Vallarino served as Minister of Economy and Finance of Panama in the government of former President Ricardo Martinelli.[3]

During his tenure as head of the ministry, Panama won in 2010 the award of Investment Grade of three risk rating agencies, over a period of time of 90 days:[10] on March Fitch Ratings upgraded the qualification of Panama, allowing the nation to achieve the Investment Grade Category for the first time;[11][12][13] on May Standard & Poor's Ratings Services also upgraded Panama's rating to Investment Grade, due the prospects of moderate deficit and the expectations of economic growth;[14] meanwhile, on June Moody's awarded Panama with the Investment Grade, due the "significant improvement" in the country's fiscal policies and a solid economic growth.[15]

Also, during Alberto Vallarino’s period as minister, Panama managed to be excluded from the list of tax havens by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in July 2011,[16] as well as being removed from "the list of countries which identified Panama as an uncooperative tax haven, as is the case of Mexico, France, Italy and others", in the words of Vallarino.[17]

Philanthropic work[edit]

Alberto Vallarino served as president of the Unión de Trabajo Industrial de Panamá (1981-1982), Asociación de Industriales Latinoamericanos (1982) and Asociación de Exportadores Panameños (1983); besides being founder and life member of Instituto de Competitividad Infantil de COSPAE; member of Fundación para el Desarrollo Económico y Social de Panamá (Fudespa) and the National Centre of Competitiveness; and president of Fundación Por Un Mejor Panamá.[2]

Also, he constituted Fundación Vallarino Clément, in order to promote programs and projects related to education, economy and culture.[3]

While he was part of Banistmo, Vallarino established and directed Valores del Istmo, the corporate social responsibility arm of the bank. Then he took that same philosophy to Grupo VerdeAzul, S.A. in 2007, through Fundación Por Un Mejor Panamá.[2][18]


  1. ^ a b c d Editora Panamá América
  2. ^ a b c d e f Grupo VerdeAzul
  3. ^ a b c d Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas de Panamá
  4. ^ Tu Política
  5. ^ "Diamantes y turismo, las armas del empresario que busca conquistar Panamá". Forbes México. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Buenaventura
  7. ^ Autoridad del Canal de Panamá
  8. ^ "Alberto Vallarino no ve posible alianza entre el Panameñismo y el PRD". Telemetro. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Empleos: la propuesta de Alberto Vallarino". Crítica. April 1999. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Moody´s concede el grado de inversión a Panamá". Panamá ON. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Vallarino se reunirá con Fitch Ratings". Panamá América. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Gobierno: Panamá logra grado de inversión". Telemetro. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Panamá obtiene grado de inversión". La Estrella de Panamá. 24 March 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "Panamá: S&P eleva calificación de deuda soberana a grado de inversión". América Economía. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "Panama Debt Raised to Investment Grade by Moody’s". Bloomberg Business. 9 June 2010. 
  16. ^ "Panamá abandona lista de paraísos fiscales de la OCDE". ICEX. July 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "Panamá, satisfecho tras salir de lista gris de la OCDE". La Prensa. 6 July 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  18. ^ "Fundación Por un Mejor Panamá". Fundación Por un Mejor Panamá. Retrieved 29 September 2015.