Luis Carlos Villegas is new Defence Minister
President Juan Manuel Santos has carried out a straight swop between his Ambassador to the United States of America and his Defence Minister.
In a statement on the Presidential website the “President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos, said Tuesday that the new Minister of National Defence will be Luis Carlos Villegas, the current Ambassador of Colombia in the United States”.
In the same statement the President announced that “the President appoints the current minister of defense minister, Juan Carlos Pinzón as Ambassador of Colombia in Washington”. “I want to thank wholeheartedly, on behalf of myself, my family, the Government and the country, the work that Juan Carlos has undertaken as defense minister. I know that he has put all the passion, all the excitement,” said the Head of State.
Luis Carlos Villegas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Socioeconomics and Law from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. He holds a Master in Public Administration from the University of Paris. Between 1990 and 1992, Vilegas was a Senator representing the Risaralda department (state) of Colombia and served as its Governor between 1985 and 1986. He was also International Secretary of the Colombian Liberal Party from 1989 to 1994. Over the course of 10 years, between 1979 and 1989, Villegas served in various capacities, including Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs between 1987 and 1989. In November 2013 he was appointed as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States and for 17 years was President of the National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI). He is married and has two grown children.