Credit Suisse today announced the appointment of Antonio Viana-Baptista as Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse in Iberia. He will be based in Madrid and report to Fawzi Kyriakos-Saad, Chief Executive Officer of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
As CEO of Credit Suisse in Iberia, Mr Viana-Baptista will execute our integrated banking strategy, allowing us to deliver the Bank’s wide expertise for the benefit of our clients, through the Private Banking, Investment Banking and Asset Management divisions in Spain and Portugal.
Mr Viana-Baptista assumes his role from Mr Abril-Martorell, who stepped down from this position in late March 2011. Mr Abril-Martorell continues to have a relationship with Credit Suisse as a Senior Advisor.
Fawzi Kyriakos-Saad, CEO of Credit Suisse in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said:
“We are delighted to have Antonio on board. Iberia is a key European market for Credit Suisse and under Antonio’s leadership, we will further enhance our Iberian platform; drawing on his proven track record of leadership and managerial experience, as well as his extensive network of business relationships in Iberia and Latin America.”
Mr Viana-Baptista joins Credit Suisse following a distinguished career in the telecommunications and banking sectors as well as in strategic consultancy. He has spent over a decade in a number of senior management roles at Telefonica, seven years at Banco Portugues de Investimento (BPI) as an Executive Board member and was a Partner in the Iberia office of McKinsey & Co. Most recently, he served as a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Telecommunications of Sao Paulo, Research in Motion, O2 plc and NH Hoteles. He is currently a Non-Executive Director for Semapa and Jeronimo Martins. Mr Viana-Baptista holds a degree in Economics from Universidad Catolica Portuguesa and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.