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.
CANADA COUNTRY MANAGER & CHIEF AGENTBenoit Urbin is Coface’s Canada Country Manager & Chief Agent. Based in Toronto, ON, Benoit is responsible for overseeing and management of every day functions of the Coface Canada region.
Benoit is a seasoned executive, having started his career with Coface in 2014 where he has held a variety of roles in Western Europe. He has served as Head of CGS for Western Europe, Chief Commercial Officer for Western Europe and France and finally Chief Underwriting Officer for Western Europe.
Prior to joining Coface, Benoit held an array of executive roles at American Express over a 13-year career, most recently as the Commercial Director of the company’s Global Corporate Payments division in France.