alberto
herrero

Founder & Managing Partner

He started his professional career in 1991 at Banco Popular in the development of the incipient Corporate Banking Group. Later he joined Deutsche Bank within the same Large Companies area, called GCI to later get involved in the Deutsche Bank Institutional Portfolio Management project, a subsidiary in Spain of DB Suisse that gave rise to the Private Banking and Asset Management unit. In 1999, he founded Blacksmith, as an independent management search and business consulting firm within the financial sector, which has positioned as a benchmark in the Asset Management, Wealth Management and Capital Markets sectors in Spain as well as in Latin America and Switzerland. He has advised more than 150 firms both in the search for executives and directors and in processes of transformation, reorganization and strategic business approach. Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Salamanca, MBA European Business School and Master in Human Resources.

eduardo
aguilar

Senior Advisor

He holds a degree in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid and Commercial Technician State Economist. He has held some top positions at the Spanish Administration between 1984 and 1997, in the General Directorate of Treasury and Financial Policy, in the General Directorate of Insurance and in the National Energy Commission. He worked as a General Director at BNP Paribas business banking between 1998 and 2016. He has been a member of several Boards of Directors in private and public companies. At present, he works as a Director at Sareb and Lyntia. He is Director in a number of media outlets, Capital Radio included.

eduardo
aguilar

Senior Advisor

He holds a degree in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid and Commercial Technician State Economist. He has held some top positions at the Spanish Administration between 1984 and 1997, in the General Directorate of Treasury and Financial Policy, in the General Directorate of Insurance and in the National Energy Commission. He worked as a General Director at BNP Paribas business banking between 1998 and 2016. He has been a member of several Boards of Directors in private and public companies. At present, he works as a Director at Sareb and Lyntia. He is Director in a number of media outlets, Capital Radio included.

adriana
hoyos

Senior Advisor

Adriana Hoyos is a Senior Fellow of Harvard University and a Consultant on issues of strategy, digital economy, market access, crowd economics, public-private partnerships, governance, financial inclusion, international development and public policies, among others. Previously, she was CEO at Women’s World Bank Co. She was High Presidential Counselor of Economy in the Government of Colombia. As a diplomat, she has been Economic Counselor at the Colombian Embassy in Spain, Director of the Plan Colombia before the European Union and Representative of the Colombian Government before the Kyoto Protocol at the United Nations. Adriana has been Senior Advisor to three Presidential Campaigns in the United States, and another three in Colombia. She has belonged to several Boards of Directors and Advisory Councils. She is currently on the Katerva and Millennium Project Councils in the United States, and in Spain on those of Blacksmith, SciTheWorld, Andalucía Management and the Anar Foundation. She has extensive teaching and research experience in universities such as Harvard and MIT. Adriana is an Economist and Business Administrator from the University of the Andes, has a Master in Audit from ICADE, a Minor in Philosophy from the University of the Andes, and a Master in Buddhist Studies from Stanford University

josé manuel
garcía de sola

Senior Advisor

Managing Director at MCH Investment Strategies since December 2017. José Manuel has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector. At his inception, he was part of AB Asesores as a partner and Director of Fixed Income and responsible for the Institutional Business. After 12 years, he joined the Santander Group to set up the Private Banking area as a CEO at Santander Wealth, a position that he developed for three years and further on he joined Banco Banif as a General Director for the following 12 years. Within the Santander Group, he developed the Asset Management business in the USA (Boston). In 2014, he joined Bankinter Asset Management as President. He is a professional with great experience in the Private Banking and Asset Management business, holding different positions with diverse and varied responsibilities. José Manuel holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He holds a MBA in Business Management at IE Business School of Business as well

josé manuel
garcía de sola

Senior Advisor

Managing Director at MCH Investment Strategies since December 2017. José Manuel has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector. At his inception, he was part of AB Asesores as a partner and Director of Fixed Income and responsible for the Institutional Business. After 12 years, he joined the Santander Group to set up the Private Banking area as a CEO at Santander Wealth, a position that he developed for three years and further on he joined Banco Banif as a General Director for the following 12 years. Within the Santander Group, he developed the Asset Management business in the USA (Boston). In 2014, he joined Bankinter Asset Management as President. He is a professional with great experience in the Private Banking and Asset Management business, holding different positions with diverse and varied responsibilities. José Manuel holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He holds a MBA in Business Management at IE Business School of Business as well

mario
armero

Senior Advisor

He holds a Law degree from the Complutense University of Madrid.

He has held several senior management positions such as President of General Electric, or Ezentis and CEO of Grupo Llorente.

He is also patron of CEDE Foundation (The Spanish Confederation of Directors and Executives).

He has received numerous awards such as Best Manager of the Year or the Executive Leadership award.

Nowadays, he is an Independent Advisor at Bankinter Consumer Finance, an Advisor of the Global Infrastructure Partners fund among others, President of Palex Medical and Member of the Advisory Board of Blacksmith.

pilar
muñoz

senior consultant

Degree in English Philology. She started her career at Euromonitor International doing consumer goods market analysis in different regions. Pilar joined Blacksmith in 2005 and she has supported Alberto Herrero in senior profiles searches as CEO´s, Private & Investment Bankers, Global Head of sales in CM, Asset Management, Compliance…

olalla
lópez-gamonal

senior associate

With a degree in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid, Olalla has more than 12 years experience working for different international Executive Search firms. She has helped companies identify and attract the best talent, specializing in FMCG and retail sectors, law firms, insurance and pharmaceutical industry. In November 2020 she joined BLACKSMITH as Senior Associate to support clients searching for top talent as well as leadership and corporate cultural consulting.

susana
fernández

head of advisory services

More than 15 years of professional experience in HR Management, Talent Management, Consulting and Executive Coaching in Spain, USA and Latin America.

Susana has developed her career in the HR area in the USA and Spain. He was responsible for International Recruitment and the development of Santander Investment, HR Director of Santander Investment NY, as well as the HR of the corporate and affiliated companies of Terra Networks. Expert in career counseling, executive coaching, executive evaluation and talent management..

Susana has a degree in Law from the University of Oviedo and a Master in Business Legal Advice from the Instituto de Empresa. He has trained as a coach with The Coaches Training Institute.

rafaela
conde

consultant

Degree in Administration and Business Management. She started her professional career within Human Resources at the Consulting Services Group, Page Group in 2013, where she developed searches within the distribution and mass consumption sector. In May 2018 she joined Blacksmith as a Consultant; since then she has worked in Private Banking, Asset Management and EAFI’s searches.

verónica
vaquero

consultant

Double Degree in Administration with Business Management and Law at Alcalá University and Trinity College of Dublin. She started her professional career at Prinzipal Partners in 2019, where she developed all searches within Asset management, Private Banking, Mass consumption and insurance sector. She recently joined BlackSmith as a Consultant; where she is working in Private Banking and Asset Management. 

lucía
pérez

consultant

Degree in Psychology at Universidad Autonoma of Madrid. She started her professional career within Human Resources in 2016 at Prinzipal Partners as a Consultant specialized in Professional Services, Financial Services and Technology. In November 2020, she joined Blacksmith as a Consultant focused on the Financial and Legal sectors.

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