Arturo Carrión, who for the last 29 years served as executive vice president of the Puerto Rico Bankers Association, is retiring from his post on June 30, when he will be succeeded by Zoimé Álvarez-Rubio, trade group President José Rafael-Fernández announced Tuesday.
With his retirement, Carrión rounds out 60 years of service to the island’s banking industry, he said.
“Today we celebrate Arturo Carrión’s valuable contribution of the banking industry and give the warmest welcome to Zoimé Álvarez-Rubio to the Puerto Rico Bankers Association,” said Fernández, while highlighting her solid professional experience, particularly as administrator in the public and private sectors.
“Álvarez-Rubio is an experienced executive with extensive knowledge at the administrative level and experience in professional fields ranging from law, health, government, to the insurance industry, so we are sure that she will successfully lead the work of our association and the duties of her new position to benefit the island’s banking industry,” he said.
Prior to joining the Bankers Association, Álvarez-Rubio served as a hospital business director for Aon Risk Solutions of Puerto Rico Inc., practiced private law at the state and federal levels, and served as manager of the Puerto Rico State Insurance Fund from 2009 to 2013.
“I assume this new responsibility with great pride and enthusiasm to serve Puerto Rico through the banking industry, one of the main pillars of our economy,” she said. “I am aware that the banking sector, as well as the island, faces major challenges. But at the same time I recognize that we have first-rate resources and the unwavering commitment of an industry that works together to serve and benefit our people.”
The executive said that following Carrión’s successful run, the organization deserves an orderly transition process. Both executives will work together on that until June 30, 2015, when Carrión steps down.
“It has been a true privilege to have had the banking sector’s trust and support for the past 29 years,” said Carrión. “It has been an honor to serve as representative of the best interests of the island’s banks and consumers we serve. During the past decades we have faced great challenges, but have reaped major achievements.”
“My commitment to Puerto Rico’s economic and social welfare remains intact and I will continue contributing through different initiatives and opportunities in the future. Thanks to all of my colleagues for their cooperation, solidarity and commitment to the work I have done over the past three decades.”