Susan Segal and Guillermo Lasso.

AS/COA's Susan Segal (L) and Ecuadoran President Guillermo Lasso. (Photo: Roey Yohai Photography)


Ecuador Recognizes AS/COA's Susan Segal With the National Order of Honorato Vásquez

In an event with President Lasso, the country recognized Segal for her role in fostering Latin American economic growth and sustainable development.

The government of Ecuador honored Americas Society/Council of the Americas President and CEO Susan Segal with the National Order of Honorato Vásquez in the grade of Commander for her “important contributions in promoting trade and investment, political dialogue, and public policies to foster economic growth, political stability, and sustainable development in Latin America.”

Segal received the honor in a private ceremony attended by the First Lady of Ecuador María de Lourdes Alcívar de Lasso, the President of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility Gustavo Manrique, and the Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States Ivonne A-Baki. During the ceremony it was highlighted that Council of the Americas’ Latin Americas Cities Conferences in Quito and Guayaquil “have been decisive for the achievement of important national objectives in the areas of trade, development, and integration.”

“It is an honor and a pleasure for the government of Ecuador to recognize the enormous support that the distinguished lady Susan Segal has given to our country, to whom today we pay a well-deserved tribute,” said Lasso, who presented the recognition to Segal. “Thank you, Susan, for recognizing and agreeing with our management goals in seeking to achieve development, well-being, and prosperity for all citizens."

Segal was elected president and CEO of Americas Society/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 organization to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. Prior to her current role, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector. Previously, Segal was a partner and Latin American Group head at J.P. Morgan Partners/Chase Capital Partners (CCP) where she invested across sectors and countries in addition to pioneering early-stage venture capital investing in Latin America. She has always been and continues to be an enthusiastic mentor and supporter of entrepreneurs, particularly in Latin America. Prior to joining CCP, Segal was a senior managing director focused on emerging markets investment banking and capital markets at MHT/Chemical/Chase Banks.

“I am deeply moved and honored by this award,” said Segal as she accepted the honor. “It is not just for me, but it is a recognition of the entire organization and our strong belief in Ecuador, Latin America, and in the importance of vibrant economies, which are generated through investment, trade, and socially inclusive development.”

The National Order of Honorato Vásquez was instituted in Ecuador in 1985 to honor Dr. Honorato Vásquez, a renowned internationalist and minister of foreign relations.

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