New York, NY (January 15, 2020) – Pro Mujer, a leading social enterprise and pioneer in women’s empowerment in Latin America, announced today the appointment of Rolando Schmidt as Pro Mujer’s Chief Financial Officer on an interim basis. Also announced is the departure of Camilo Mendez, who formerly served as Chief Financial Officer and will remain close to the organization as a member of the Board of Directors of Pro Mujer Group, a consortium of financial and non-profit organizations delivering financial, health and education services to low-income women across the Latin American region.
With over 30 years of professional experience, the newly appointed Schmidt brings an ample trajectory leading the financial growth and expansion of international companies. This includes having served as Head of Shared Services at Lufthansa, where he led the planning, creation and start-up of the Global Business Services company to provide financial and accounting services to Lufthansa branches in the Americas. Additionally, Rolando has served as Chief Financial Officer for Bertling Logistics, a Global Logistics Freight Forwarder & Shipping Company.
President and CEO of Pro Mujer, Maria Cavalcanti, commented, “Camilo concludes his tenure as our CFO having made an indelible contribution to Pro Mujer. We are grateful for his leadership and vision, and look forward to his continued involvement as a member of our Board of Directors. At the same time, we are excited to welcome Rolando to the Pro Mujer team. His wealth of experience in finance and administration will be a valuable addition, including his experience in the creation of shared services, of particular key strategic importance for Pro Mujer as we continue to focus on scaling our services and sustainably expanding across the Latin American region.”
Reporting to the President and CEO, Schmidt will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial operations, investments and shared services areas. Schmidt will work closely with Marisol Fernandez, Pro Mujer’s Global Financial Services Director, who will be leading Pro Mujer’s current financial services areas in Argentina, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Mexico, which together manage a portfolio over USD $120 million.
About Pro Mujer:
Pro Mujer is a mission-driven social enterprise committed to positively impacting the lives of women and their families. Its integrated approach offers access to finance, health and educational services, delivered in supportive social spaces that foster community-building and equip women with the resources to help them reach their full potential.
Since 1990, Pro Mujer has disbursed over $3.6 billion in loans, provided over 9 million health interventions and reached over 2 million women across the region. Pro Mujer is headquartered in New York City and currently operates in Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.