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HFA appoints Garrido and Baquiran as co-directors of LatAm chapter

The Hedge Fund Association (HFA) has appointed Juan Garrido and Les Baquiran as co-directors of the association’s LatAm chapter following the decision by Victor Hugo Rodriguez to step down from the role.

Garrido is global head of investment solutions at BBVA Global Private Bank in New York. He has almost two decades of market experience and a sound understanding of asset and wealth management, financial products and services, and infrastructure. Garrido oversees BBVA’s Wealth Management’s global investment strategy, asset allocation and recommended catalogue of products and services, is a member of the Global Private Banking Steering Meeting, and chairs the Global Wealth Management Meeting.
Baquiran was a New York-based principal at Park Hill, an alternative investment placement agent that is part of the Blackstone Group. Prior to joining Park Hill, he was a managing director at ISI in institutional sales and before that worked at Brown Brothers Harriman as an equity research analyst. He has guest lectured or advised on curriculum on investment management and emerging markets at Yale, Harvard, Stanford, and New York University.
“Victor is clearly a hard act to follow but Les and I both look forward to facing the challenge of further developing the HFA's activities in the Latin America region,” says Garrido.
Rodriguez (pictured) became the director of the HFA's LatAm chapter when it was launched in March 2011. The founder, president and chief executive of LatAm Alternatives, he has over 17 years of experience in management, sales, marketing and business development within the securities industry in the US-LatAm region. He was partner and head of Latin American prime brokerage for Merlin Securities and director of global institutional sales at TradeStation Securities. He has also been a live TV economics news anchor.
“It has been a privilege to head the HFA's efforts in Latin America over the past two years,” he says. “I know that Juan and Les will strive just as hard to carry on all the good work we have done in that time, and I will of course remain available to help and advise them when and where necessary.”
“These appointments are designed to maximise the impact that the HFA already has in the LatAm region, and I am certain they will do just that,” says Mitch Ackles, HFA president. “The diversity and richness of the talent available to our members in Latin America and around the world never fails to impress me.”

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