Chairman and CEO
Francisco González has headed BBVA since January 2000.
He is a Member of the European Financial Services Round Table, the Institut International D'Etudes Bancaires, the Board of Directors of the Executive Committee of The Institute of International Finance, Inc. (IIF), the Capital Markets Consultative Group, the International Monetary Conference and Global Counsellor of The Conference Board, among other international fora.
He is Chairman of Fundación BBVA and also a Member of the Board of Trustees of: Cruz Roja, Fundación de Ayuda contra la Drogadicción, Fundación Víctimas del Terrorismo, Museo Guggenheim de Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Fundación Príncipe de Asturias, Real Instituto Elcano, Fundación Carolina, ESADE, FEDEA, Fundación de Estudios Financieros, Instituto de Estudios Económicos, Institut Europeu de la Mediterránia.
Before the successful merger of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya and Argentaria, Mr. González was Chairman of Argentaria from 1996 to 1999, where he led the integration, transformation and privatisation of a group of very different Public Banks.
During this period he also was a Member of the Board of Endesa, the leading electricity company in Spain, and Chairman of the Board of Uno-e Bank, Banco Hipotecario de España, Banco Exterior de España, Caja Postal and Banco de Crédito Local.
Before joining Argentaria he was Founder and Chairman of FG Inversiones Bursátiles, a leading Securities Firm in Spain, eventually acquired by Merrill Lynch.
He started his own company after having qualified as a Licensed Broker (first in class of 1980) and got a Seat on the Madrid Stock Exchange. He was a member of the Executive Committee of both the Madrid Stock Exchange and Bancoval.
Francisco González began his career in 1964 as a computer programmer in IT companies, and ever since then he has been a strong supporter of new technologies for transforming the banking industry of the 21st century.
Francisco González holds a degree in Economics (University of Madrid). He is married and has two daughters.