Appoint first female Administrator of the Panama Canal

Chairman of the Board and Minister for Canal Affairs, Aristides Royo, and Deputy Administrator of the Panama Canal, Ilya Espino de Marotta. Photo: Courtesy of Panama Canal.
Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora

Ilya Espino de Marotta, assumed the 1 January as new Deputy Administrator of the Panama Canal and thus becomes, the first woman to be appointed in office, which for more than a century it had been occupied by men.

In February 2019, Marotta was appointed by the Board of Directors of the Canal as Deputy Administrator and now, He succeeds Manuel Benitez, who retired with more than 40 years of service in seaway, key to global trade.

Marotta has a degree in Marine Engineering from the University of Texas A&M, and has a master's degree in Economic Engineering from the University Santa Maria la Antigua in Panama City.

Also he participated in the Executive Development Program at INCAE Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also holds a certification project manager of the Project Management Institute.

The new Deputy Administrator began his career in the Channel 1985 as the only engineer in the shipyard, and he excelled as executive vice president of Engineering for the Expansion Program of the Panama Canal whose goal was to build a third set of locks can accommodate mega ships move Neopanamax.

Throughout more than 30 years of experience as an executive manager served resource management and project controls before the Expansion Program, and most recently he held the Vice President of Business Transit.

Chairman of the Board and Minister for Canal Affairs, Aristides Royo said Marotta stands out as a professional dedicated, whose leadership was crucial to successfully complete the expansion of the waterway through which it moves around the 3.5% world trade.

"Ilya exceptionally administered the construction of the expanded Canal, which led the waterway into a new era of maritime trade ", he added.

Until the 31 from December to 2019 the subadministration of the Canal was occupied by the engineer Manuel Benitez, who he was also interim manager Branch High Voltage Electricity, and he managed the Branch Maintenance Utility, Section of Energy and the Electrical Division.

Ilya Espino de Marotta, Deputy Administrator of the Panama Canal. Photo: Courtesy of Panama Canal.