Mónica Ruiz

Who is Mónica Ruiz, the new manager in charge of EPM

Mónica Ruiz Arbeláez, current Vice President of Strategy and Planning and with a history of more than 26 years in the company.

On January 31, another crisis broke out in the Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) group, when the then manager of the entity, Álvaro Guillermo Rendón, made public a letter he sent to Mayor Daniel Quintero in which he notified him that he would leave his resignation to the consideration of the company’s board of directors. The executive had a signed contract until 2023, however, the letter reveals that the Medellin president asked Rendón to resign more than once.

Given the situation, the former manager assured that he was not willing to leave his post, and that is why he called the EPM board of directors to a meeting. Finally, on February 1, the board of directors decided to approve Rendón’s resignation.

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After the turbulent dispute, the same day that Rendón was declared insubstantial for being in a position of free appointment and removal, the electronic engineer was temporarily appointed, Mónica Ruiz Arbeláez, as the new manager in charge of EPM.

“With the spirit of ensure the administrative and operational stability of EPM and in compliance with the corporate governance framework, with the methodological support of the Corporate Governance unit and after carrying out an objective evaluation, it has unanimously recommended a change in the General Management of the company as of the date “EPM noted.

Ruiz Arbeláez, awaiting the evaluation of the mayor’s office

The new manager of Empresas Públicas de Medellín is a graduate of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, and has specializations in Teleinformatics and Marketing from Eafit University, and has worked in the Antioquia company since 1994.

“While the selection process is being completed, the engineer Mónica Ruiz Arbeláez, current Vice President of Strategy and Planning and with a history of more than 26 years in the company, will be in charge of the General Management”, relative EPM.

In another communication, the business group stated that the new manager in charge, “count with one deep knowledge of the energy, gas, water and related businesses, as well as the associated planning, operation and marketing processes. In addition, it has a clear vision of the conditions of the Colombian and Latin American markets and the impacts of the development of these businesses in the community that is addressed or impacted ”.

File photo. Exterior facade of a headquarters of Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) in Medellín, Colombia, April 4, 2019. REUTERS / Luisa González

File photo. Exterior facade of a headquarters of Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) in Medellín, Colombia.

Despite his experience, Ruiz Arbeláez must still await the evaluation of the city’s mayor, Daniel Quintero, who will have the last word in the appointment of EMP’s new corporate leader.

The selection of the new Manager will be made by the Mayor’s Office of Medellín, with observance of the Corporate Governance, especially, of the Framework Relationship Agreement signed between the Municipality of Medellín and EPM and with the accompaniment of the Board of Directors ”, announced the business group through a statement.

What’s coming for the new manager (e)

For his part, the mayor of the Antioquia capital, Daniel Quintero, pointed out through his Twitter account that he made recommendations to the new manager in charge:

I have given some recommendations to the manager in charge of EPM: Work to bring the aqueduct and sewerage to each citizen, create strategies to improve rates, advance in Hidroituango without giving an inch to those who must answer for damages, do not let the company politicize.

In turn, EPM stated that “it is fully committed”, among others, to the following points that we list below and among which are some of Mayor Quintero’s recommendations:

– Execution of the business plan, in order to guarantee the sustainability of Grupo EPM and the provision of services with quality, continuity and coverage, in all the territories where Grupo EPM has a presence.

– The termination and commissioning of the Ituango Hydroelectric Project.

– The Afinia operation.

– Compliance with Corporate Governance.

– Compliance with the national and international obligations.

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