BBVA Compass Chairman
Professional Experience and Responsibilities
Manolo Sánchez is chairman of BBVA Compass. From 2008 until January 2017, he served as CEO of BBVA Compass. He also served as U.S. country manager for BBVA Group from 2010-2017. 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.
Sánchez has worked for BBVA for more than 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 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.