The WFE's Women Leaders 2022 - Claudia Cooper, Chairman of the Board, Lima Stock Exchange

By: The WFE Focus Team Mar 2022

Member: Lima Stock Exchange

Nominee’s name: Claudia Cooper

Nominee’s job title: Chairman of the Board


1. - Brief description of nominee’s role/job:

Currently, she is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Grupo BVL (Lima Stock Exchange) and Perumin (Main Mining Convention of Peru). She is also an independent director at several local companies in different fields.

In the field of public administration, she has been minister of economy and finance. In addition, she assumed other positions within the ministry such as deputy minister of economy and advisor to the ministerial office.

She has been a member of the board of directors of COFIDE (Development Finance Corporation of Peru) and a member of the Superintendence of the Securities Market. She has also been manager of product development for institutional investors at Compass Group Peru and manager of treasury management, analysis and development, and market risk at Banco de Credito del Peru, among others.

In her role as chairman of the board of directors of the Grupo BVL, she represents the company among different audiences, oversees the agreements of the board, compliance with the statutes, regulations, work plans and agreements that are carried out in favor of the objectives of the company. Likewise, she is in charge of proposing and leading different projects, prioritizing them and directing them towards corporate and business objectives.

2. - Short bio (career highlights, education, interests/hobbies):

Claudia Cooper has a bachelor's degree in economics from Universidad del Pacifico and a master's degree in economics from New York University.

She was minister of economy and finance from 2016 to 2018. She is part of the board of directors of InPerú on behalf of Bolsa de Valores de Lima S.A.A. She is an executive with more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Among other positions, she has been product development manager for Institutional Investors at Compass Group Peru and treasury management manager at Banco de Credito del Peru. She has been a director of COFIDE, the Deposit Insurance Fund and the Superintendence of the Securities Market of Peru.

3. - What were your professional highlights and challenges of 2021 (ie why should you be on this list):

From the position of chairman of the board of directors of the Grupo BVL, I lead the process of transforming the Lima Stock Exchange into a holding company, an important step that leads us to be much closer to the service and quality standards of our Latin American stock markets peers.

This process is also one more step in the path that we have been working to achieve regional integration with the stock markets of Colombia and Chile, another enriching project that made great progress during 2021.

On a professional level, I have also had to take on challenges in sectors that are not typically led by females, such as the mining sector, where I have assumed the role of chairman of the most important mining convention in the country.

On the other hand, and from my role as an economist and former minister, I have had the opportunity to share my experiences and encourage Peru's economic competitiveness.

Likewise, as the leader of the Lima Stock Exchange, I have sought to participate in a series of local events that highlight the greater role that women should have in the country's business environment, subject that the BVL strongly supports.

4.- What and who inspires/has inspired you to achieve your professional success:

I am inspired by all the women who are satisfied with the life they have achieved and transmit a stimulating energy that makes those around us be the best of themselves selves.

5. - What advice do you have for other women who aspire to be in leadership positions:

I think the important thing is to keep moving forward. Women today more than ever can aspire to grow without fear of breaking that glass ceiling. We are at a time when female empowerment is an irreversible process, a global imperative not only for all those who are interested in justice, inclusion and diversity, but also for those who seek greater productivity and growth in the business sector and the society in which our companies operate.


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