Copa Holdings chairman of the board Stanley Motta receives The Americas Society gold medal

Honored for his contribution to the advancement of Latin America.
From left to right:
Stanley Motta, Presidente de la Junta Directiva de Copa Holdings
David Rockefeller, Presidente Honorífico de Americas Society
César Alierta, Presidente Telefónica.

PANAMA, June 22, 2010--Stanley Motta, chairman of the board of Copa Holdings, parent company of Copa Airlines, was honored on June 9 with the Americas Society Gold Medal for his contributions to the development of Latin America.

“Mr. Motta has played a key role in the development of Copa Airlines and its extensive route network throughout Latin America, in the process contributing immeasurably to investment opportunities and economic growth in Panama and the region," said Pedro Heilbron, CEO, Copa Airlines.  "We salute his achievements and efforts to bring prosperity to Panama and Latin America, both through the boost to the economy brought about by his companies, as well as through his many acts of social responsibility that have unified the region."


Motta received the award at the annual Americas Society gala in New York, which was presided by Ambassador John Negroponte, Chairman and Susan Segal President.  David Rockefeller, the Society's honorary chairman also attended the event.  The award recognizes leaders who have promoted sustainable socioeconomic development, education, cultural, economic, and political initiatives that define and challenge the Americas today. 

Motta has been a director of Copa Airlines since 1986 and a director of Copa Holdings since it was established in 1998. Since 1990, he has been president of Motta Internacional, S.A. an international importer and distributor of consumer goods. He serves as a Director of Motta Internacional; Banco General; ASSA Compañía de Seguros, S.A.; Televisora Nacional, S.A.; Inversiones Bahía, Ltd.; and GBM Corporation. He is a graduate of Tulane University.

The Americas Society's mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary political, social, and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.