Born in Manresa in 1942.
Mr. Fainé is Chairman of the Board of Trustees and of the Executive Committe of Fundación Bancaria Caixa d'Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona “la Caixa“, and Chairman of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of Criteria Caixa, S.A.U. He is also Honorary Chairman of Naturgy Energy Group, S.A., Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Telefónica, S.A., and Special Advisor of the Board of The Bank of East Asia.
He holds a Doctorate Degree in Economic Science from the University of Barcelona, an ISMP in Business Administration from Harvard University and a post-graduate degree in Senior Management at IESE. He is an academic at the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences “Real Academia de Ciencias Económicas y Financieras” (since December 1992), and of at Royal European Academy of Doctors “Real Academia Europea de Doctores” (since May 1997).
Mr. Fainé began his professional banking career as a Manager of Investment at Banco Atlántico in 1964 and was appointed Managing Director of Banco de Asunción in Paraguay in 1969. On his return to Barcelona, he held various management positions in financial institutions: Human Resources Manager at Banca Riva y García (1973), member of the Board and Managing Director of Banca Jover (1974) and Managing Director of Banco Unión (1978). In 1982 he joined “la Caixa“ as Deputy-General Manager, holding various positions of responsibility. In April 1991, he was appointed Assistant Executive Managing Director and in 1999, Managing Director of the entity and assumed the Chair in June 2007 until June 2014, date of its transformation into the Caixa d'Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona Banking Foundation, “la Caixa“, as well as he assumed the Chair of the Caixa d'Estalvis i Pensions of Barcelona Foundation, until its dissolution.
Mr. Fainé was Chairman of CaixaBank, S.A. and member of its Board of Directors from 2011 until his resignation in 2016. He was Chairman of Naturgy Energy Group, S.A., from September 2016 until February 2018, when he was appointed Honorary Chairman. In addition, he was also member of the Board of Directors of Suez, S.A., from October 2014 to October 2020.
Currently, Mr. Fainé is Chairman of the Spanish Confederation of Savings Banks “Confederación Española de Cajas de Ahorros” (CECA), and of the World Savings Banks Institute (WSBI) and Vice-Chairman of the European Savings Banks Group (ESBG).
He is also Chairman of the Spanish Confederation of Directors and Executives “Confederación Española de Directivos y Ejecutivos” (CEDE), of the Spanish Chapter of the Club of Rome and he is Founder and Chairman of Círculo Financiero. He is also Vice-Chairman at the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Sciences “Real Academia de Ciencias Económicas y Financieras”, member of the Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum, Trustee of the Carlos Slim Foundation and has been acknowledged with the 2018 Forbes Philanthropy Award.
Last updated: February 2021