JosÃ© Ignacio SÃ¡nchez GalÃ¡n
(Salamanca, 1950) is a Spanish businessman. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Iberdrola, a multinational group with a presence in dozens of countries comprising major companies including ScottishPower in the UK, Iberdrola USA and Elektro in Brazil.
Born in Salamanca, Spain in 1950, married and the father of four children. He then moved to Madrid where he graduated in electro-mechanical industrial engineering from the Escuela TÃ©cnica Superior de IngenierÃa (ICAI) at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas.
He also graduated in Business Administration and Foreign Trade from the Instituto CatÃ³lico de AdministraciÃ³n y DirecciÃ³n de Empresas (ICADE) at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Madrid) and obtained a degree in General Business Administration and Foreign Trade from the Escuela de OrganizaciÃ³n Industrial (EOI) of Madrid. He speaks English, French and Italian.
Galan began his professional career in 1972 at Sociedad EspaÃ±ola del Acumulador Tudor, where from various executive posts he managed the companyâ€™s international expansion.
In the early 1990s, Ignacio GalÃ¡n managed Industria de Turbopropulsores (ITP)
[Ignacio Sánchez Galán.jpg|thumb|Ignacio Sánchez Galán, visiting the works at Maine Power Reliability Program (U.S.A.).]
He is also a visiting lecturer at Strathclyde University in Glasgow and he has been a lecturer at ICAIâ€™s Industrial Engineering College. In 2011 he was given an Honorary Degree by the University of Edinburgh and by the University of Salamanca, in recognition to his capacity for innovation, constant change and strategic vision throughout his professional career. Best CEO in the European utilities sector in the 2011 All-Europe Executive Team ranking, prepared by Institutional Investor Research; 2008 Business Leader of the Year award from the Spain-U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the 2008 International Economy Award from the CristÃ³bal GabarrÃ³n Foundation.
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