Gaston Pereira

Director & Chief Executive Officer

Gaston has over 40 years’ experience in U.S., European and Latin American financial services, electronic payments and telecommunications, holding C-level positions with major multinationals.
Starting with Citibank as vice president and country manager of the World Corporation Group in Colombia, head of the Iberian Peninsula Region, and corporate bank manager in Venezuela and Argentina, Gastón became a seasoned corporate banking executive managing lending portfolios to the largest multinationals.

With Bell Atlantic, in 1993 he co-led the $1 billion investment in Grupo Iusacell, then the 2nd largest mobile operator in Mexico and as CEO of Iusatel Chile, expanded Iusacell’s presence into Latin America.
In 1997 Gaston transitioned to the technology sector, spearheading the Latin American and Caribbean regions of two prominent U.S. telecom technology vendors: Tellabs and Sycamore Networks establishing a solid regional presence and securing over $500 million in contracts with the principal operators of the region.

From 2003 through 2008, Gaston as chief sales and marketing officer of Sigue Corp., a Los Angeles-based leader in the U.S. to Latin America remittances was responsible for sales, marketing, product development, and international business development. During his 5-year tenure, Sigue reached a 15% market share of the US to Mexico money transfer corridor.

He then founded and managed Latin Card Strategy, LLC introducing “Suma Visa Card”, among the first Visa prepaid debit cards with integrated money transfer capability.

From 2013 he was Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Qpagos Corporation and subsidiaries. QPAGOS is a key player in Mexico’s dynamic electronic payments market, allowing millions of consumers access to a broad portfolio of payment services such as utilities, government services, telecom, subscriptions and many more, through multiple devices, including self-service kiosks and mobile apps.

Gaston, a U.S. citizen born in Uruguay, holds an MBA from New York University and a BS from Philadelphia University. He served as board of director of QPAGOS, Banco Internacional de Colombia (Citibank), Corporación Financiera Progreso (Colombia), Iusatel Chile (Chile) and CONECEL (Ecuador).

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