Guillermo de la Dehesa Romero is third vice-chairman and a non-executive director at Banco Santander. He joined the board of the bank in 2002 and was re-elected by the general meetings of shareholders in 2005, 2009 and 2013.
Mr. de la Dehesa is a government economist and a head of office of Banco de España (on leave of absence). He currently serves as international advisor to Goldman Sachs International.
He previously held key government positions in Spain: Director-General at the Ministry of Foreign Trade; Secretary-General at the Ministry of Industry and Energy; Director of Management of Foreign Assets and International Relations at the Bank of Spain; Secretary-General for Trade 1982-86), Secretary of State for Treasury (1986-88) and Secretary of the Economic Affairs Commission. He has been Adviser of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on management of external debt and Adviser of the World Bank on trade liberalization, as well as Adviser of several governments on privatizations.
In the private sector, he has been CEO of Banco Pastor, Chairman of Gas Madrid and Board member of Unión Fenosa. Mr. de la Dehesa is currently a non-executive director of Campofrío Food Group, S.A. and of Amadeus IT Holding, S.A.
Mr. de la Dehesa serves in several academic organizations: he is Chairman of the Trustees of the Centre for Economic Policy Research CEPR, in London; Chairman of the IE Business School in Spain; Chairman of the OBCE, the Spanish ECB Watcher; Member of the Group of Thirty, G30, in Washington; Member of the Euro 50 Group, in Brussels; Chairman of the ESCP Europe Business School, in Madrid and Monetary Expert of the ECON Committee of the European Parliament.
He is involved in several non-profit Spanish entities: Chairman of the Trustees of the Queen Sofía Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art; Trustee of the National del Prado Museum and Trustee of the Beaux Arts Circle.
Mr. de la Dehesa holds degrees in Law and Economy from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid.
He has published 13 books on economics and more than 300 articles in economic journals and newspapers and is a regular columnist at El País, in Madrid.