Position: Uruguay’s central bank governor
Incumbent: Mario Bergara
Born: May 4, 1965
Term: Sworn in Nov. 11, 2008. Term expires in 2015.
-- Bergara earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998, the same year that he started a three-year stint as the central bank’s head of economic studies. He later served as head of Uruguay’s communications regulatory body, and as the country’s vice minister of economy and finance until becoming central bank governor in 2008.
-- Bergara, who is viewed as a center-leftist, issued hawkish comments on inflation after taking over as head of the central bank. “Production can thrive only under conditions of (price) stability,” he said, adding that the central bank’s credibility depended on that stability.
-- He is divorced with three children. (Reporting by Felipe Llambias; Editing by David Cutler and Paul Simao)