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AS/COA's Susan Segal Awarded Peru's Order of "Merit for Distinguished Services"

(L-R) Amb. Carlos Pareja, Susan Segal, Amb. Gustavo Meza-Cuadra. (Roey Yohai Photography)

September 14, 2018

Americas Society/Council of the Americas President and CEO received the decoration in the rank of Grand Official 

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New York, September 14, 2018—Americas Society/Council of the Americas President and CEO Susan Segal was awarded Peru’s Order of “Merit for Distinguished Services” in the rank of Grand Official for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of Peru as a leader in the hemisphere and for her commitment to the strengthening of economic, political, diplomatic, and cultural ties between Peru and the United States. Peru’s Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Pareja bestowed the decoration upon Susan Segal on behalf of the President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra. The ceremony took place on September 13, 2018 at AS/COA’s landmark building in New York City. 

“Susan has dedicated many years to promote investment opportunities for American and Peruvian companies and has succeeded in broadening trade opportunities,” said Ambassador Pareja on presenting the decoration to the honoree. “Her vital contribution paved the way for Peruvian authorities to sustain constructive dialogues with business and academic communities, as well as diplomats and political leaders of the United States. Her charisma and subtle manners, as well as her outstanding ability to convene and lead a successful team, have shown fruitful results.”

“I am deeply honored and personally touched by this award,” said Susan Segal, as she accepted the distinction. “I have been engaged with Peru since the restructuring of its foreign debt in the 1980s and I have been privileged to witness the profound transformation of the country to where it is today, as well as the enormous opportunities the future represents. I look forward to continuing to work and support Peru in any way that I can.”

Peru’s Order of “Merit for Distinguished Services” (in Spanish: Orden al “Mérito por Servicios Distinguidos”) is a distinction awarded to Peruvian citizens and foreign nationals for exceptional services rendered in the interest of the country and its people.

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. In addition to being a board member at Americas Society and Council of the Americas, Segal is also a director of the Tinker Foundation, Scotiabank, and Mercado Libre, and Vista Oil & Gas, as well as a director and chairman of Scotia Bank USA, a non-public subsidiary of Scotiabank. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Other distinctions awarded to Susan Segal include Chile’s Orden Bernardo O'Higgins, Colombia’s Orden de San Carlos, and Mexico’s Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca. 

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Americas Society (AS) is the premier organization dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas. Established by David Rockefeller in 1965, our mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.

Council of the Americas (COA) is the premier international business organization whose members share a common commitment to economic and social development, open markets, the rule of law, and democracy throughout the Western Hemisphere. The Council's membership consists of leading international companies representing a broad spectrum of sectors, including banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation.