Stanley Motta

Chairman COPA Holdings, S.A., Panama


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Stanly Motta

Chairman COPA Holdings, S.A., Panama


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Stanley A. Motta is a Latin American business leader, investor and philanthropist.

Mr. Motta built and oversees a broad portfolio of companies that successfully compete throughout Latin America. With his family, he is a lead investor in Copa Airlines’ parent company (NYSE: CPA); Banco General; ASSA Compañía de Seguros; MKH Capital Partners, Motta Internacional; as well as other companies in the real estate, retail, telecom, media, technology, transportation and other industries. Mr. Motta is Chairman of the Board of Inversiones Bahía (the Motta family office), Copa Holdings, Grupo ASSA, TVN Media and Sumarse, Panama’s local network promoting corporate social responsibility and the UN Global Compact. He also serves on the boards of various portfolio companies.

Mr. Motta has long been actively engaged with leading organizations promoting economic, social and educational development, including the America’s Business Dialogue, the Inter-American Dialogue, The Conference Board and the Central American Leadership Initiative (CALI), among others. He also sits in the advisory boards of IESE, EGADE and INCAE business schools. Mr. Motta’s work and service have been recognized internationally and in Panama by organizations including Americas Society, the Wilson Center and CEAPI Consejo Empresarial Alianza por Iberoamérica.

Mr. Motta leads the significant charitable endeavors his family carries out through Fundación Alberto Motta. Its projects focus on education, culture, health, the environment and adequate housing. They include the Centros Supérate, a transformative after-school program for high-performing students in at-risk neighborhoods; and the Museo de la Mola (MuMo), a museum that pays tribute to a unique form of handmade textiles from Panama’s Guna indigenous women.

Mr. Motta was the chairman of the Regional Interoceanic Authority (ARI) 1997 – 2000 the panamanian government entity that received and managed the assets that were not part of the Panama Canal Operations as a result of the Torrijos-Carter Treaty.

Mr. Motta graduated from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1967.

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