Pedersen & Partners Names Paola Gutierrez Velandia to Lead its Board Services Practice for Iberia & Latin America
Pedersen & Partners, a leading international Executive Search firm with 56 wholly owned offices in 52 countries, is pleased to announce that Paola Gutierrez Velandia has joined its Madrid team as Head of Board Services for Iberia & Latin America.
Ms. Gutierrez Velandia has over sixteen years of market leading expertise in working with a wide range of clients and key stakeholders in the areas of corporate governance, board services, shareholder engagement, and public affairs across Latin America, US, MENA and Central Europe. Moreover, she has extensive experience in emerging markets, where she has led board assessments, due diligences and corporate governance advisory projects for listed and privately owned entities. Ms. Gutierrez Velandia participated actively in the Free Trade Area of the Americas negotiations between the US Government and Colombia, specifically on the issues of intellectual property, procurement and foreign investment for the pharmaceutical sector. Earlier in her career, Ms. Gutierrez Velandia led and developed the corporate governance units and departments for the Colombian Confederation of Chambers of Commerce, and for a corporate consulting firm from Spain. Prior to joining Pedersen & Partners, Ms. Gutierrez Velandia served as Spain & Latin America Director for Georgeson, a world leader in shareholder services and proxy solicitation. At Georgeson, she established the company’s regional strategy to develop corporate governance advisory services for top-level publicly listed corporations and investors. Ms. Gutierrez Velandia is a renowned author of research papers in the fields of corporate governance, board evaluation, shareholder engagement and governance risk management, and has published in international and national journals and magazines.
“I am delighted to be joining the rapidly-growing team at Pedersen & Partners, with its global perspective and strategic on-the-ground presence. I look forward to using my experience and skills to realise the firm’s projects and goals. I am confident that my colleagues and I will build a competitive, creative and resourceful board services practice in Iberia & Latin America, and across the globe. Pedersen & Partners has a wealth of experience in knowing what companies and investors need, and this will give our clients a unique and personalised approach to help them structuring dynamic, diverse and strategic Boards,” said Paola Gutierrez Velandia, Regional Head of Board Services for Iberia & Latin America at Pedersen & Partners.
“Paola is an exceptional corporate governance strategist. Her commitment and dedication to clients has made a significant impact on the businesses that have engaged her. We are thrilled that such an experienced and talented professional has joined our team. Increasing market regulation and the new international standards for corporate governance are having a strong impact on Executive Search demand for non-executive and executive directors in the areas of governance, risk and compliance, sustainability and investor relations. I am sure that Paola will bring unparalleled expertise and knowledge in this field to our clients,” added Alberto Bocchieri, Partner, Co-Head of Iberia & Latin America at Pedersen & Partners.
“Pedersen & Partners is a performance-driven firm, and we strive to serve as the catalyst that brings innovative approaches to exceed the expectations of our clients in offering the best talent acquisition and management solutions. A corporate board practice for Iberia and Latin America will allow us to address complex issues at board level that our clients are facing and provide effective leadership board solutions. With Paola at the helm, our team will build a strong foundation for board services around the world,” concluded Alvaro Arias Echeverría, Partner in charge of Iberia & Latin America at Pedersen & Partners.
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