Blacksmith, the Spanish executive search boutique firm specialising in leadership (www.blacksmith.com.es) has created the Advisory Board to enhance its team, as part of the corporate relaunch phase that began with a brand name change last month.
The Advisory Board comprises a group of renowned professionals who bring to Blacksmith representativeness and strategic vision, as well as broad experience and know-how in their respective sectors.
This new body has a double aim: to consolidate client confidence in the company’s executive search activity and to provide a solid sectorial background. Both objectives shall help strengthen Blacksmith’s value proposal to its clients, built on the selection of expert professionals able to ensure performance excellence.
Alberto Herrero, CEO of Blacksmith, says that “without a doubt, having an Advisory Board with this level of experience and quality is a key and distinguishing asset that helps us to consolidate an impactful leadership model for companies, amid the current environment of transformation and uncertainty”.
Advisory Board Members
He has held positions of maximum responsibility, such as President of General Electric, Ezentis, and CEO of Grupo Llorente. He is also a member of the CEDE Foundation (Spanish Confederation of Directors and Executives).
Since 2005 he has earned many awards as Best Director of the Year and the Executive Leadership award. He is currently an Independent Director of Bankinter Consumer Finance. In addition, he is an advisor for the Global Infrastructure Partners fund, President of Palex Medical and member of the Advisory Board of Blacksmith.
He held Senior Executive positions in the Spanish Government between 1984 and 1997, specifically at the Directorate General of the Treasury and Financial Policy, at the Directorate General of Insurance and at the National Energy Commission.
He was General Manager of corporate banking at BNP Paribas between 1998 and 2016. He has been a member of several Boards of Directors of public and private companies, and is currently a Director of Sareb and Lyntia. He is also a Director of several media corporations, such as Capital Radio.
She is currently Senior Fellow of Harvard University and Consultant on strategy, digital economy, market access, crowd economics, public and private partnerships, governance, financial inclusion, international development and public policy, among other areas.
Previously she was CEO of Women’s World Bank Co., as well as Senior Presidential Advisor of Economy for the Government of Colombia. As a diplomat, she has been Economic Advisor at the Embassy of Colombia in Spain, Director of Plan Colombia at the European Union and Representative of the Colombian Government at the UN Kyoto Protocol.
Adriana has been a Senior Advisor in three US Presidential Campaigns, as well as another three in Colombia. She has been a member of several Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards. She is currently a member of the Boards of Katerva and Millennium Project in the United States, and of those of Blacksmith International, SciTheWorld, Andalucía Management and Fundación Anar in Spain. She has longstanding teaching and research experience in universities like Harvard and MIT.
José Manuel García de Sola
He has over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector. He began his career at AB Asesores as Partner and Director of Fixed Income Investments and head of Institutional Business. 12 years later he joined the Santander Group to set up and head the Private Banking business as CEO of the wealth and asset management department in the Santander Group. After a period of 3 years, he joined Banco Banif as Managing Director for the following 12 years.
Whilst in the Santander Group he developed the US Asset Management business in Boston. In 2014 he became Chairman of Bankinter Gestión de Activos. He boasts longstanding experience in Private Banking and Asset Management business in various capacities and positions.