Olga Cantillo is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Bolsa de Valores de Panamá (BVP), one of the leading Latin American self-regulated exchanges. As the CEO of BVP, Cantillo is responsible for the administration, planning and execution of Latinex Holdings (subsidiary of BVP) and Central Latinoamericana de Valores (Latin Clear), with her main objective as growing the capital markets of Panama. We sat down with Cantillo to learn more about how technology has impacted her career at BVP, and her role as a female leader in capital markets.
1. How has technology influenced your role at Bolsa de Valores de Panamá?
Technology has influenced my role in a very positive way because it forces me to stay up to date with all IT trends that are required by the Exchange and Latin Clear, the Central Securities Depository (CSD). These trends include IT security and maintaining integrity for the different services we offer our customers and the market at large.
2. Throughout your career, what challenges have you been presented with that you’ve had to overcome?
As a professional woman, I’ve had various roles throughout my career, each of them with different demands. However, the role of a professional mother may at times have additional challenges and sometimes even complications. I’ve had my share of challenges and have made sacrifices during my career that have forced me to work based on priorities in order to meet my professional and personal responsibilities. I have to say that technology has definitely helped me to organize myself and keep in touch with my loved ones.
3. How has being a woman in the financial and technology industry impacted your career?
Statistic show that women are excellent at seeking out information, performing detailed research as consumers and are less likely to take risks as opposed to their male counterparts – I believe these are strengths that I possess and have given me a competitive edge and added tremendous value to the companies I have worked for.
4. What advice would you give to young women who aspire to be in the financial and technology industry?
My advice for young women is to study, keep updated on trends, work hard and prepare for opportunities that arise. Do not overthink when it comes to accepting new challenges and promotions, especially when the decision will lead to the professional growth you want...do not give space to doubts and take risks.
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