President and Chief Operating Officer
Alvarez has been President and Chief Operating Officer of Popular, Inc. since October 1, 2014.. Prior to his appointment as President and COO he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Previously, he was one of the six founding partners of the law firm Pietrantoni Mendez & Álvarez LLP. Recognized by Chambers Global as “one of the best lawyers in Puerto Rico,” Álvarez was an integral part of the firm’s success for 18 years. Among his main practice areas are: banking, corporate and commercial law; corporate and public finance law; securities and capital markets. Álvarez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1958; graduated from Georgetown University, Magna Cum Laude, 1980; Harvard Law School J.D., Cum Laude, 1983; and admitted to the Bar in Florida and Puerto Rico in 1983.He was an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer, University of Puerto Rico Law School, from 1988 to 1992. He has been a member of the Board of Regents of Georgetown University since October 2008.