Governor García Padilla apoints Víctor Suárez Meléndez as his new Chief of Staff
September 19, 2014 – La Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico – Governor Alejandro García Padilla appointed current Ports Authority Director Víctor Suárez Meléndez as his new Chief of Staff today.
“Víctor Suárez is a proven administrator and public official. He is acquainted with the government’s structure and my administration’s policies. His arrival brings continuity to my government’s leading projects in order to maintain Puerto Rico’s path towards economic recovery,” the Governor expressed.
A graduate from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico’s School of Law, attorney Suárez Méndez also holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a master's degree in Engineering Management from the University of Puerto Rico's Mayagüez campus.
Suárez Méndez’s professional background includes experience working in both private and public sectors. Before he joined the government, he worked as the operations manager of Colgate-Palmolive and as a private-practice lawyer. He also worked as a consultant for various public and private entities in matters such as process reengineering, projects management, organizational restructuring and development of efficiency indicators.
Attorney Suárez Méndez has managed municipalities, public agencies and public corporations. As a public official, he stood out as the Carolina Municipality’s deputy mayor under the late José Aponte de la Torre's mayoral term from 2005 to 2007. Also, he served as the Secretary of Consumer Affairs of Puerto Rico from 2007 to 2008.
“I thank the Governor for the opportunity to serve the country from such an important position. As Chief of Staff, I will bring continuity to the projects initiated by this administration, I will demand results and I will expedite projects that foster public and private investment. All of this is based on the country’s economic development, which is our priority,” said Suárez Meléndez.
Governor García Padilla also announced that Suárez Méndez will keep his position as Director of the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority (PRCCDA). His successor as Ports Authority Director will be announced soon.