The manager left the chairmanship of CaixaBank after the integration of Bankia.
Jordi Gual , former Chairman of CaixaBank , will be non-executive Chairman of VidaCaixa , controlled by the bank. The CaixaBank executive committee, chaired by José Ignacio Goirigolzarri and headed by Gonzalo Gortázar , has appointed Gual, who joined the IESE faculty a few days ago , as president of the insurance company.
Gual joined the IESE faculty in 1987, where he developed his academic activity until 2005, the year in which he joined the “la Caixa” Group. Gortázar, CEO of CaixaBank and current president of VidaCaixa, will focus his efforts on the financial institution and on leading the integration process between CaixaBank and Bankia, as reported by the company.
For his part, Tomás Muniesa will continue as vice president of the insurer and Javier Valle, CEO and member of the CaixaBank management committee, will remain as the company’s chief executive. VidaCaixa is the insurance subsidiary 100% owned by CaixaBank, a leading entity in the insurance sector in Spain and which owns 49.92% of SegurCaixaAdeslas.
Before assuming the chairmanship of CaixaBank in June 2016, Gual was Chief Economist and Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Studies at CaixaBank and General Director of Strategic Planning and Development at CriteriaCaixa.
He has a doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a degree in Economic and Business Sciences with an Extraordinary Prize from the University of Barcelona. He is also Professor of Economics at IESE Business School and ‘Research Fellow’ at the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. He is also vice president of the Cercle d’Economy and patron of the CEDE Foundation.
In 2019 he was awarded the Gold Badge of the Spanish Institute of Financial Analysts and in 1999 he was awarded the European Investment Bank research award. He was also the holder of a Fulbright Scholarship.