Ignacio Sánchez Galán is the Chairman of Iberdrola and the subholding companies of the United Kingdom (ScottishPower), the United States (Avangrid) and Brazil (Neoenergia).
In 2023, Time magazine recognized Ignacio Galán as one of the world’s most innovative leaders driving business climate action.
Ignacio Galán (Salamanca, 1950), married and with four children, is a professional industrial engineer graduated from the ICAI School of Engineering at the Pontifical University of Comillas in Madrid. He also holds a diploma in Business Administration from ICADE and in Business Administration and Foreign Trade from the School of Industrial Organization.
Throughout his professional career, he has led leading companies in various industrial and technological sectors, profoundly reshaping their profiles based on his vision of the future and his ability to anticipate new trends.
He speaks English, French, Italian and Portuguese.
‘Today quality is sustainable development’
In 2023, Time magazine included him in the inaugural edition of Time100 Climate as one of the world’s most innovative leaders against climate change.
Considered, for the twelfth time, Best CEO of the top European electric utilities by the Institutional Investor Research Group.
Awarded the 2023 Best Business Leadership in Energy Transition award from the El Periódico de la Energía Awards.
Awarded the ESG Leadership Award in 2023 by the Foreign Policy Association of the United States.
Received the Medal of Honor from the World Association of Jurists at the United Nations for his commitment to environmental, social, governance, and financial principles.
Received the Executive Leadership Award from the Spanish Association for Quality and the Business Career Award from El Economista.
Ranked as one of the five most important CEOs in the world and the first in the utilities sector by Harvard Business Review, and one of the 30 most influential leaders in the fight against climate change by Bloomberg.
Received the National Innovation and Design Award for Innovative Career from the Ministry of Science, Innovation, and Universities.
Leon Award from El Español for his business management.
Honorary Mention for his professional trajectory from the Official College of Industrial Engineers of Madrid.
Named Spanish Universal by the Independent Foundation.
Appointed Honorary Member of the Institute of Engineers of Spain.
Received the international Responsible Capitalism award from the First Group.
Honored by Queen Elizabeth II with the Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire decoration.
Named best CEO of European utilities and Spanish listed companies in investor relations, according to the Thomson Extel Survey.
Received the Business Leader of the Year award from the Spain-United States Chamber of Commerce.
Received the CEO of the Year award at the Platts Global Energy Awards. Awarded the ESG Leadership Award in 2023 by the Foreign Policy Association of the United States.
He holds Honorary Doctorates from the universities of Salamanca, Edinburgh, and Strathclyde (Glasgow).
Currently serves as Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, President of the Social Council of the University of Salamanca, member of the Presidential Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), trustee of the Comillas-ICAI University Foundation and trustee of the ElCano Royal Institute.
Member of the European Round Table for Industry (ERT), the JP Morgan International Council, the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Top Electricity Executives Group, the Renewable Hydrogen Coalition and the Global Leaders Council of UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited organisation.