María Dolores Dancausa Treviño
María Dolores Dancausa was born in Burgos. She is married with three children. Since October 2010, Ms Dancausa has held the position of chief executive officer of Bankinter, one of the leading financial institutions in Spain. She graduated from the Colegio Universitario San Pablo CEU with a degree in law. She has completed several management programmes at Harvard Business School. She also completed an advanced management programme at the INSEAD business school in Fontainebleau, France, as well as a master’s in human resources and company strategy at the Instituto Universitario Euroforum-INSEAD in Madrid.
Ms Dancausa has spent her professional career in the finance and insurance industry, first at Banco Exterior and then at Bankinter. When Línea Directa Aseguradora was created in 1994, she was appointed general secretary of the company and its board of directors, roles that she held until becoming its chief executive officer in 2008. During this time, she helped strengthen the company to become the fifth leading motor insurance provider in Spain.
Since being appointed CEO of Bankinter at the end of 2010, Ms Dancausa has remained on the board of directors of Línea Directa. She is also a member of the board of trustees of Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección (Association for Management Progress or ‘APD’). Furthermore, from 2013 to 2018, she was an independent board member at the British firm, Esure, a leading insurer in the United Kingdom.
Under her leadership, Bankinter has come to be one of the soundest and most solvent financial institutions in Europe, with a number of indicators (earnings, assets, new lending, capital and efficiency) that remained solid throughout the crisis.
María Dolores Dancausa has received various awards in recognition of her career. She was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the most influential figures in Spain and the second woman executive with the most influence on the economy. The magazine also named her the best CEO in Spain (first place in 2013 and third place in 2016). In November 2017, she received the Tintero Accésit Award given by the Asociación de Periodistas de Información Económica (Association of Financial Journalists or ‘APIE’) in recognition of her transparency with the press. In March 2018, she received the award for ‘the Year’s Best Iberian Manager’ from the Cámara de Comercio e Industria Luso-Española (Spanish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and Industry). Later that year, in November, Computerworld gave her its ‘CEO of the Year’ award for her ability to promote technology along with business effectiveness and efficiency.
María Dolores Dancausa also received awards for executive of the year from the magazine, Emprendedores, in 2014, and from the AED in 2013. She was also honoured with the Aster-Esic award for ‘Best Professional Career’ and ‘Financier of the Year’ from the magazine, Ecofin.
In 2016, the MERCO report recognised Ms Dancausa as the second most reputable woman business leader in Spain. In the general ranking, she came in eleventh place amongst the most prestigious managers in the country. In the last three years, she climbed a significant 34 places in this ranking.
In recent years, Bankinter has stood out for its financial earnings. In 2017, the bank had record profits, with strong growth in all business margins. It became the most profitable bank in the IBEX 35 for the fifth year in a row. The year before, in 2016, the bank fully integrated Barclays’ retail outfit in Portugal, which it had acquired in 2015, thus creating Bankinter Portugal. This marked the bank’s first major step into the international market.