Luisa Gómez Bravo will be the new CFO of the BBVA Group. She currently is the Global Head of Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB), the group’s wholesale banking unit. Gómez Bravo will replace Rafael Salinas Martínez de Lecea, who is stepping down from his executive duties after a successful career with the bank spanning over three decades. He will continue to be involved with the Group as a board member of Garanti BBVA. Furthermore, the current Head of Sustainability, Javier Rodríguez Soler, takes on the additional role of Head of CIB.
“During his successful career, Rafael has contributed to position BBVA as one the of most profitable and efficient banks in Europe, while increasing significantly the value creation for shareholders,” BBVA CEO Onur Genç said. “Luisa will continue to boost the leadership of the BBVA Group at a moment of great solvency and financial strength. Likewise Javier will continue to leverage the enormous opportunities offered by sustainability, as well as driving the wholesale banking business, following the success achieved by Luisa.”
With Javier Rodríguez Soler at the helm, the areas of Sustainability and CIB will maintain separate structures, in order to guarantee that the definition and execution of the sustainability strategy remains not only in CIB, but also in all countries and businesses.
Luisa Gómez Bravo started her professional career at Salomon Brothers and Lehman Brothers, before joining BBVA more than two decades ago. Since then, she has held several positions of responsibility, including Head of Business Development for Retail Banking in Spain; CFO, and Head of Risk and Corporate Development in BBVA Consumer Finance unit; Global Head of BBVA AM; Head of Transformation & Operations at BBVA Spain and Portugal; Head of Investors & Shareholders Relations; Head of Investment & Cost Management, and since late 2018, Global Head of CIB.
Javier Rodríguez Soler started his career at McKinsey. Following a five-year stint with Endesa, where he was Director of Strategy & M&A and later Director of Investor Relations, he joined BBVA in 2008 as a managing director for the energy sector at CIB. In 2010, he moved to the area of Strategy & M&A, becoming Global Head in 2015. In 2018 he was appointed country manager of the BBVA U.S. unit, which was later sold to PNC. Since July 2021, he is the Global Head of Sustainability.