Argentine Macro Bank president Jorge Brito dies in a plane crash

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 20 (.) – The president of Argentine financial institution Banco Macro, Jorge Brito, died on Friday in a helicopter accident, causing commotion in Argentina, where he was considered a benchmark in financial activity.

“With deep regret Banco Macro announces the death of its founder and President Mr. Jorge Horacio Brito, who this afternoon suffered an aviation accident in the town of Coronel Moldes, Salta province,” said the bank’s vice president, Delfín Jorge Ezequiel Carballo, in a letter that was released to the media.

According to Carballo’s letter, Brito was born in 1952 and had also held the position of president of the Association of Argentine Banks between 2003 and 2016, and was head of the Latin American Federation of Banks between 2012 and 2014.

Brito also maintained strong ties with the political environment in Argentina, the third largest economy in Latin America.

“Life tears away the people you love very much in the most strange and unexpected way. Great banker. Great businessman. Great Argentine. Great family member. And loyal friend to the inexplicable. CHAU AMIGO. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH,” wrote Sergio Massa, president of the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina, on his Twitter account.

(Reporting by Marta López and Maximilian Heath)