The Inter-American Development Bank has appointment Brian O’Neill as executive vice president. The American executive will take over his new role on January 1 following his approval by the development bank’s board of directors on December 19.
O’Neill has some short-term experience with the IDB, serving as acting U.S. director for a five-month stint in 2008 during his time working for the U.S. Treasury, where he served as deputy assistant secretary from 2007 to 2009.
Prior to his new appointment, he had been serving as senior advisor at financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard, where he has been working in various roles since 2009. Before the U.S. Treasury, he concluded a tenure of more than 30 years at J.P. Morgan Chase. There he held multiple leadership roles, including chairman of investment banking for Latin America and Canada from 2001 to 2006.
He has extensive experience in South America, including roles based in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Santiago, the three most important financial centers in the Southern Cone.
O’Neill also has held various board, committee, and advisory roles to various multinational companies and non-governmental organizations.
He is a senior advisor to Lexington Partners and a board member of Emigrant Bank, Erste Bank Group, and AquaVenture Holdings. He is also a “life member” of the Council for Foreign Relations (CFR), a director of The Inter-American Dialogue and previously was a member of the advisory committee for the David Rockefeller Center for Latin America Studies at Harvard University.