Javier Ortiz Batalla - Javier Ortiz Batalla

Javier Ortiz Batalla
Ortiz Batalla in 2016.

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President of the City of Buenos Aires Bank
April 7, 2016 - March 11, 2020
Goverment's head Horacio Rodríguez Larreta
Vice president Fernando Jorge Elijah
Predecessor Rogelio Frigerio
Successor Guillermo Laje

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Chief Economist at Banco Ciudad de Buenos Aires
01 of 2014-12 of 2015
President Rogelio Frigerio

Personal information
Birth December 22, 1959 (60 years)
Tandil ,Argentina's flag Argentina
nationality Argentina
Religion Catholic
Spouse Carla Musso
Sons 3
Educated in

Argentine Catholic University

University of California (UCLA)
Professional information
Occupation PhD in Economics

Eugenio Sebastián Javier Ortiz Batalla ( Buenos Aires , 22 of December of 1959 ) is Doctor in Economics from the University of California (UCLA), where he graduated in 1993 [ 1 ] . Previously, in 1983, he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from the Argentine Catholic University , and then a Master's Degree in Economics from the Instituto Torcuato di Tella, in 1985.

He served as President of the Bank of the City of Buenos Aires [ 2 ] until March 2020. His appointment was approved on April 7, 2016 in the Buenos Aires Legislature. [ 3 ] [ 4 ] . He was second vice president of the Association of Public and Private Banks of the Argentine Republic (ABAPPRA), and Secretary of the Association of Argentine Banks (ADEBA) [ 5 ] . He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of FIEL and 2nd Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella [ 6 ] .


Until 2011, Javier Ortiz Batalla served as Vice President of Massalin Particulares SA, an affiliate of Philip Morris International . In this same company he also held the position of Director of Corporate Affairs for Argentina , Bolivia , Chile , Paraguay and Uruguay and was Director of the Chamber of the Tobacco Industry and of the company Tabacos Norte SA

Previously, he was Deputy National Director of National Accounts in the Ministry of Finance of the Nation since 1993, where he later served as Deputy Secretary of Macroeconomic Programming until 1998. Then, between 2002 and 2005, he was Country Economist in charge of Brazil of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) [ 7 ] . He was also a consultant for the World Bank (WB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UNDP, CAF and various multinational companies.

Academic experience

Within his academic experience he was Professor at the Instituto di Tella in the Master's program in Economics and at the UTDT in the Public Policies program. At UCEMA and the National University of La Plata he was Professor of Advanced Macroeconomics. He was also professor of International Trade at UCEMA, Universidad de San Andrés and Universidad Católica Argentina [ citation required ]

Among his publications are "The Central Banks in Latin America: Their Historical Background" [ 8 ] , published by Editorial Sudamericana in 1998, and "The History of Argentine Monetary Institutions" co-authored with Roberto Cortés Conde and Laura D´ Amato, in July 2014, printed by Editorial Temas. It also has publications in the Journal of Applied Economics [ 9 ] , in Cuadernos de Economía, in Economic Studies, and in Economic Development, among others. He is a member of the Argentina Association of Political Economy (IEPA) and the Association of Economic History Argentina [ 10 ]

He has been a jury for the election of authorities in the Ministry of Economy of the Nation.

city ​​Bank

Before assuming as President of the institution, Ortiz Batalla was Chief Economist of Banco Ciudad, a position in which he succeeded Luciano Laspina in January 2014. On April 7, 2016 he assumed as President, replacing Rogelio Frigerio , who assumed the position of Minister of the Interior, Public Works and Housing of the Argentine Nation.

During his tenure, the Bank opened branches outside of Greater Buenos Aires with locations in Córdoba , Río Cuarto , Mendoza , Salta and Tucumán . 50 years after its construction, in 2016, it reopened the historic building of its Headquarters in Florida and Sarmiento. [ 11 ] In 2018, it participated as the official Bank of the Youth Olympic Games

Banco Ciudad updated its logo keeping the slogan "he wants to see you grow." Credit card financing rose from 16th to 10th place, with Banco Ciudad entering the top ten in the financial system for the first time in this segment and in the latest Central Bank rankings.

He expanded a branch in neighborhood 31 [ 12 ] . It opened two new service centers (in addition to maintaining the one installed in the Piletones neighborhood): the Piedra Buena branch and the service center in Barrio 31. At the same time, the presence in the neediest neighborhoods was expanded through workshops of financial education and launched the first comprehensive offer of the system for Women Entrepreneurs with formal and informal activity. [ citation needed ] Additionally, in 2017, after the acquisition of the firm Cordial, a microcredit company of Banco Supervielle, Ciudad Microempresas (a subsidiary of Banco Ciudad, created in 2013).

In this period, the bank had profits that went from $ 1 billion in 2015 to about $ 10 billion projected for 2019 (a growth three times higher than the inflation of the period), which allowed it to climb 28 positions in the ranking of financial entities prepared by the BCRA and become the third most profitable bank in the top ten in the system. [ citation needed ] This allowed, since 2016, to remit profits to the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires for $ 1,212 million, within the framework of Law 4,038, destined to works with social purposes and housing solutions [ 13 ] .

Personal Biography

Ortiz Batalla lived in Tandil until he was 16 years old, where he studied at the San José school. He is married and has 3 children. He lives in Capital Federal [ 14 ] .


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  9. ^ "Journal of Applied Economics" . ageconsearch.umn.edu . Retrieved February 7, 2017 .
  10. «FIEL Advisory Member» . fiel.org . Retrieved January 27, 2017 .
  11. «Banco Ciudad re-inaugurated the historic building of its Headquarters» . bancociudad.com.ar . Retrieved January 27, 2017 .
  12. ^ "Barrio 31" . https://www.iprofesional.com/ . Retrieved January 17, 2019 .
  13. ^ "Utilities Banco Ciudad 2016" . http://www.cronista.com . Retrieved February 7, 2017 .
  14. «Personal biography of Javier Ortiz» . eleco.com.ar . Retrieved January 27, 2017 .