Manolo Sánchez is chairman of BBVA Compass, where he served as CEO from 2008 until January 2017. Under his leadership, BBVA Compass established itself as a bank driven by people, principles, and innovation and a model of community involvement from Florida to California. Earlier in his 25-year BBVA career, Sánchez served in New York from 1999 to 2002, Paris from 1994 to 1999, and Madrid from 1990 to 1994, holding positions in the corporate, investment, and correspondent banking divisions of the bank. In addition to English and Spanish, he speaks French, German, and Arabic. He lives in Houston with his wife and three children.
Sánchez is a board member of the Institute of International Bankers and the American Bankers Association, and an executive board member of BITS, the technology policy division of the Financial Services Roundtable, where he served as a director from 2013-2015. He is a governing director of the Houston Symphony, a board member of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and KIPP Houston charter schools, and chair-elect at the Post Oak Montessori School. He also is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership and the Houston chapter of the World Presidents Organization. Sánchez received the 2017 Arrival Award recognizing immigrant achievement from the University of Houston Law Center’s Immigration Clinic, the Laredo Gateway Rotary Club’s 2014 Paul Harris Fellow award and was named Alabama Citizen of the Year for 2011 by the March of Dimes. He served as chairman for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in 2007.
A graduate of Yale University, Sánchez earned master’s degrees in international relations from the London School of Economics and in advanced European studies from the College of Europe.