SIX adds two new members from Spain to Board of Directors
SIX today announced that its shareholders have elected Belén Romana García and David Jiménez-Blanco Carrillo de Albornoz to the Board of Directors.
As of 1 November 2020, they will succeed Stefan Helfenstein and Shannon Klinger, who are both retiring on October 31, 2020.
Romana García and Jiménez-Blanco Carillo de Albornoz have been elected until 2023. They are already members of the Board of Directors of the subsidiary of SIX in Spain, Bolsas y Mercados Españoles SA (BME), where they serve as independent directors. David Jiménez-Blanco Carrillo de Albornoz is Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of BME.
Until 1994, Belén Romana García worked at Fraser Consulting AG located in Essen –Germany- (1988-1989) and at Bestinver as a Fixed Income, Options and Futures Trader (1989-1991).
Between 1994 and 2000, she worked as a Commercial Technician and State Economist at the Directorate-General of Economic Policy of the Ministry of Economy. Subsequently, she was the Director-General of Economic Policy of the Ministry of Economy between 2000 and 2003, holding, in that period and on behalf of the Ministry of Economy, the status of Director at various companies and public agencies (ICO, Mercasa, SEIASA, Sidenor, CERSA) and the position of Head of the Spanish Delegation on the Economic Policy Committee of the European Union and on the OECD Economic Policy Committee.
She also served as the Director General of the Treasury and Financial Policy of the Ministry of Economy between 2003 and 2005, holding, during this period and on behalf of this Directorate-General, the position of member of the Governing Board of the Bank of Spain and of the Board of the National Securities Markets Commission, as well as Head of the Spanish Delegation on the European Union’s Financial Services Committee.
Since 2008, she has held various positions in various listed and supervised companies, such as Banesto, in which she served between 2008 and 2012 as independent Director, Chair of the Audit Committee and of the Appointments and Remunerations Committee and member of the Executive Risks Committee; Acerinox SA, in which between 2009 and 2013 she was an independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee; and in the company listed in Belgium and the Netherlands Ageas SA (former FORTIS), in which she was an independent Director and member of the Appointments and Remunerations Committee from 2010 to 2012.
Between 2013 and 2014, she was a member of the Group of Experts on Euro Letters and the European Debt Fund, which is a group created by President Barroso and by Vice-President Olli Rehn of the European Commission.
Currently, since December 2015, Mr Romana García has been a Member of the Board of Directors of Banco Santander, SA and a member of its Audit Committee, Innovation and Technology Committee, Executive Committee and Responsible Banking Committee, as well as the Risk Supervision, Regulation and Compliance Committee.
Additionally, since June 2015 she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the British insurer AVIVA plc and Chair of its Risk Committee and a member of its Audit, Appointments and Client Committees. She has also been Chair of the Global Board of the Digital Future Society since February 2019 and Advisor to Tribaldata, a start-up dedicated to data since July 2019.
David María Jiménez-Blanco Carrillo de Albornoz has served as General Manager of Strategy and Restructuring at Abengoa, S.A. Since 2016. Since 2010 he has served as a Director and member of the Investment Committee at Gawa Capital Management, an investment management firm.
Between 2014 and 2018, he was an independent external Director at Axiare Patrimonio Socimi, S.A., where he was Chairman of the Audit Committee until 2017 and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee since 2017. Also, since 2018 is Patron of Pablo Horstmann´s Foundation and independent external Director at Árima Real Estate Socimi, S.A
In 2011 and 2012, he was an independent Director and member of the Audit Committee at Atento Inversiones y Teleservicios, S.A.
Between 2006 and 2009, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets España, S.A., S.V., serving as Head of Global Markets and Investment Banking for Spain and Portugal. Furthermore, he was a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Merrill Lynch.
From 1995 to 2006 he worked at Goldman Sachs International, in different positions at the London and Madrid offices. Between 2004 and 2006 he served as Managing Director.
The appointment of the two newly elected members to the Board of Directors represents another step taken by SIX in the integration of its new subsidiary BME. SIX is thus deepening its knowledge of the Spanish market and its proximity to its customers in Spain.