Francisco González

Born in Chantada (Lugo), Spain, in 1944.

Graduated in Economic and Business Sciences from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is married and has two daughters.

Professional background

Francisco González has been Chairman & CEO of BBVA since 2000. 

Francisco González is a Member of the Board of Directors of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) Programme, the International Monetary Conference (IMC) and the Institute of International Finance (IIF), where he is also a Member of its Executive Committee. 

He is also a Member of the European Financial Services Round Table (EFR), the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS),  the Institut International D'Études Bancaires (IIEB) and the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is also Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Global Advisory Council of The Conference Board (TCB), among other international fora.

He is Chairman of the BBVA Foundation and he is a Member of the Prince of Asturias Board of Trustees and a Trustee of the Victims of Terrorism Foundation, the Francisco Fernández Ordóñez Annual Conference Foundation and of the Teatro Real de Madrid Foundation, where he is also Vice Chairman of its Board of Benefactors. He is also a Member of the Consejo de Acción Empresarial of the Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE) and he is part of the CEOE’s Chairman Advisory Council. 

He represents BBVA in the Business Council for Competitiveness, where he is also a member of its Executive Commission, and in the Board of Trustees of the Pro CNIC Foundation, the Prince of Girona Foundation, the Elcano Royal Institute of International and Strategic Studies Foundation, and the Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction (FAD). Besides this, he represents the BBVA Foundation in the Board of Trustees of the Spanish National Cancer Research Foundation (CNIO) and the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO).

He is also member of the Honorary Board of Trustees of the Financial Study Foundation (FEF), the Board of Trustees of the Pro Royal Spanish Academy Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Carolina Foundation, the Board of Trustees of the Spanish Seniors for Technical Cooperation Association (SECOT), the Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado National Museum and  the Board of Trustees of the Student Residence Foundation.

Prior to the merger between Banco Bilbao Vizcaya and Argentaria, Francisco González was Chairman of Argentaria from 1996 to 1999, where he led the integration, transformation and privatisation of a very diverse group of State-owned banks. 

Before joining Argentaria, Francisco González founded the Securities Firm, FG Inversiones Bursátiles, which became the first independent brokerage firm in Spain.

Francisco González is also a registered Spanish Stock Broker (ranking first amongst the candidates examined in 1980) and a Trader for the Madrid Stock Exchange. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Madrid Stock Exchange and the Executive Committee of Bancoval.

He began his professional career in 1964 as programmer in an IT company. His ambition to transform 21st-century banking with the support of new technology dates back to this time.


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