Gonzalo Gortázar, born in Madrid in 1965, has been CEO of CaixaBank since June 2014.
Mr Gortázar holds a dual degree in Law and Business from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE) and an MBA with distinction from the INSEAD Business School. He is currently Chairman of VidaCaixa and board member of Banco BPI. Mr Gortázar served as CaixaBank's Chief Financial Officer prior to being appointed CEO in June 2014. Before that, he was CEO of Criteria CaixaCorp between 2009 and June 2011. From 1993 to 2009, he worked at Morgan Stanley in London and Madrid, holding several posts in the investment banking division and leading the European Financial Institutions Group until he joined Criteria in mid-2009. Previously, he held various corporate and investment banking positions at Bank of America. He has been First Vice-Chairman at Repsol and a board member of Grupo Financiero Inbursa, Erste Bank, SegurCaixa Adeslas, Abertis, Port Aventura and Saba.
CaixaBank is the leading retail bank in Spain, with the largest customer base, a robust balance sheet and a culture drawing on deeply ingrained values. Following the acquisition of the Portuguese bank BPI, the CaixaBank Group has consolidated its leading position in retail banking in Spain and Portugal as a whole. Its business model is based on specialisation, with a tailor-made value proposition for each segment. CaixaBank seeks to be recognised as setting itself apart through its socially responsible banking model. Its priorities include: achieving exacting quality of service standards; a firm commitment to mobility and digitalisation; its capacity for innovation; and its proximity and robust financial position.