The Inter-American Development Bank today announced the death of Brian D. O’Neill, its Executive Vice President.
“The IDB has lost an uncommonly talented executive and a great colleague,” said IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. “Words cannot convey my gratitude for Brian’s friendship and advice over the many years I have known him.”
“Brian joined the IDB in January 2019 and immediately won the admiration of everyone who worked with him,” Moreno added. “His affable nature, his vast knowledge and experience as a leader, his contagious laugh and his deep understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean were an inspiration. Brian was passionate in his belief that people, institutions and the private sector can work together to overcome humanity’s biggest challenges. His keen intellect and strategic vision helped the IDB to become a more effective institution.”
Before coming to the IDB, Brian had an extensive public and private-sector career. A U.S. citizen, Brian worked in South America for 12 years and lived in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Before joining the IDB, he served in several senior leadership roles at Lazard, a leading financial advisory and asset management firm.
Brian served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Treasury from 2007 to 2009. For a five-month period in 2008, he served as acting U.S. Director at the IDB. Before that, he spent more than 30 years at JPMorgan Chase, where he held multiple leadership roles including chairman of investment banking for Latin America and Canada.
Brian was a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), a director of The Inter-American Dialogue and was for over 10 years a member of the advisory committee for the David Rockefeller Center for Latin America Studies at Harvard University.
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.