President and Chief Executive Officer of North America RegionOscar Villalonga is President and Chief Executive Officer of Coface’s North America Region. Based in Princeton, New Jersey, Mr. Villalonga is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of Coface’s business lines in the United States and Canada, including trade credit insurance and business information services. He reports directly to Xavier Durand, Coface’s Chief Executive Officer, and is a member of the Coface Executive Committee.
Prior to joining Coface, Oscar spent more than 20 years in senior leadership positions in the financial services industry. He spent most of his career in GE Capital, which he joined in 1996, attaining the role of President & COO for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. In 2005, he moved to GE Capital’s headquarters in the Norwalk, Connecticut as Managing Director of the Enterprise Client Group and then became Managing Director of Strategic Pricing & Capital Allocation for the Americas in 2009. In 2010, Oscar was appointed Commercial Leader and Senior Managing Director for Corporate Finance, and more recently led the project financing platform for GE’s Distributed Energy Resources projects.
Oscar brings to Coface a deep business acumen, including strong organizational skills, combined with a proven ability to lead teams and complex business initiatives. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico.
country manager, Coface canadaNicolas Barrandon is Country Manager of Coface Canada, leading all of Coface’s activities in Canada. Coface is a global provider of products and services to protect, manage and monitor commercial accounts receivable.
Prior to this position, Mr. Barrandon was responsible for the commercial underwriting operations for Coface in the United States and Canada. He started his career at Coface’s Paris headquarters in 2000, working to expand Coface’s worldwide network and to develop international credit management solutions for international clients. He joined Coface North America in 2007 as Vice President Commercial focusing on business information, receivables management and collection services. In 2014 he was promoted to Vice President Commercial Underwriting for US and Canada.
Prior to joining Coface, Mr. Barrandon worked with the French Trade Commission in Toronto. He holds a Master of Advanced Study in International Finance from La Sorbonne University in Paris.