Chairman & CEO, US Country Manager, BBVA Compass
Manuel “Manolo” Sánchez is chairman and CEO of BBVA Compass, and was named U.S. country manager for BBVA Group in 2010. Under his leadership, BBVA Compass has established itself as an innovative, principled and customer-centric bank and a model of community involvement from Florida to California.
Sánchez, whose responsibilities include BBVA operations in New York as well as Bancomer Financial Holdings, has worked for BBVA for nearly 25 years. He joined BBVA Compass as head of community banking in 2008, having led Laredo National Bank for the previous three years after it was acquired by BBVA. Between 2002 and 2005, Sánchez served as chief risk officer for BBVA Bancomer in Mexico City.
Earlier in his 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.
Professional and Community Activities
Sánchez was named Alabama Citizen of the Year for 2011 by the March of Dimes and was chairman for the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in 2007. He is a board member of the Financial Services Roundtable, a governing director of the Houston Symphony, a member of the Yale Admissions Committee and the Greater Houston Partnership and a trustee at the Post Oak Montessori School.
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.