CNBC ESG Council

Ignacio S. Galán

Ignacio S. Galán, CEO - Iberdrola
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Ignacio Galán is Chairman and CEO of Iberdrola, and Chairman of ScottishPower, Avangrid and Neoenergia, the country subholding companies of the Iberdrola Group in the UK, the USA and Brazil, respectively. Since he joined Iberdrola in 2001, his vision for international expansion, renewable energies and sustainability has transformed the company into one of the largest in the sector, providing energy to over 100 million people in dozens of countries such as Spain, the United Kingdom, the USA, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Portugal, Italy, France or Australia. Today, nearly 80% of Iberdrola's installed capacity is emissions-free and it is one of the world's largest wind energy producers.

He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde in the UK, and the University of Salamanca in Spain. Ignacio Galán is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, Chairman of the Social Council of the University of Salamanca and a Patron of the Comillas-ICAI University Foundation. He is also on the Presidential CEO Advisory Board of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Ignacio Galán is a member of the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders at the World Economic Forum (Davos), of the Steering Committee of the European Round Table of Industrialists and of JP Morgan International Council.

Among other recognitions, in 2019 he was selected as one the best five world CEOs on the Harvard Business Review Ranking, and he was recognised by Bloomberg as one of the 30 leaders in the fight against climate change. He also received the National Innovation and Design Award Winner 2019 in the Innovative Career category granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities. In 2018 he was named Best CEO in the European utilities sector for the eleventh time by the Institutional Investor Research Group. In 2014 received the Responsible Capitalism Award by First Group, in 2008, was named Business Leader of the Year by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the United States, and in 2006 was named the Best CEO of the Year in the Platts Global Energy Awards.

Ignacio Galán was also named Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2014 by Queen Elizabeth II.