Executive Director Francisco Aquino served from July 1968 to May 1976. Born in 1919 in El Salvador, Mr. Aquino studied agronomy in his country and later economics at Harvard University. He was Chief in the Grains Section at the Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) Commodities and Trade Division in Rome Italy. In the 1950s before returning to El Salvador, he served as Minister of Agriculture and President of the Central Reserve Bank and was his country’s representative on the governing bodies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and various international banks.
Before assuming the post of Executive Director, he was Technical Manager at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. He stood unsuccessfully for the post of FAO Director General in the election of 1975 and resigned in May 1976.