Manuel is an Executive Vice President of Popular Inc, a leading financial institution with $40 billion in assets and operations in Puerto Rico, the United States mainland and Virgin Islands. He is based in New York and serves as Chief Operating Officer of Popular Bank, Popular Inc’s $9 billion banking subsidiary in the U.S. mainland with operations in New York, New Jersey and South Florida. In that capacity, he oversees all operations and business activities for the New York-based Popular Bank.
Manuel has worked at Popular for 28 years and has held leading roles in the areas of marketing, sales, product management, consumer lending, insurance, investments, retail operations and business banking. Prior to his current role as Chief Operating Officer, Manuel served as Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Retail Banking Operations. He has distinguished himself for leading transformational changes, such as the rebranding of the U.S. operations from Banco Popular North America to Popular Community Bank and later to Popular; the sale of Popular’s operations in California, Illinois and Orlando; the acquisition and integration of Doral Bank; and most recently, the ramp up of commercial lending activity as well as the ongoing efforts to transform the bank’s retail banking network.
For over two decades, Manuel has been an active member and officer of several marketing, credit, treasury management and nonprofit organizations, and he currently serves as Board Member of the Hispanic Federation. Manuel received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.