Gonzalo Alende Serra
Partner and Chief Administrative Officer, Southern Cross Group
Gonzalo Alende Serra joined Southern Cross in 2007 after a 16-year career working in finance in several world-class companies with a regional focus. Mr. Alende joined the Buenos Aires office of PricewaterhouseCoopers, then Price Waterhouse, in 1990 and spent five years in its audit department with a focus on holding companies and insurance services. He then spent three years in management consulting with a regional focus, first as a financial services researcher with McKinsey, and subsequently as a consulting manager with Arthur D. Little, both out of Buenos Aires.
In early 2000, Mr. Alende was recruited by Impsat, a Latin American Broadband Network Company, to create and head the investor relations group for its Nasdaq IPO. In late 2001 and throughout 2002, he was responsible for coordinating the company's successful Chapter 11 case. In 2003, Mr. Alende joined Tenaris, the world's leader in seamless pipes for the oil and gas industry, which had recently completed an exchange offer involving the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), Mexican, Italian and Argentine stock exchanges. He coordinated the implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and Sarbanes Oxley certifications as Compliance Manager and then was responsible for corporate risk management, portfolio management and financial planning. In 2006, Mr. Alende led the Treasury task force for the acquisition and integration of Maverick Tube Corporation of USA.
Mr. Alende received his Accounting degree at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, and his MBA at the University of London (Imperial College). He is a CFA Charterholder.