Fernando Pons

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Formerly Vice President Human Resources, Corporate Services and Chief Administrative Officer

Fernando Pons became the EBRD’s Vice President, Human Resources, Corporate Services and Chief Administrative Officer in October 2017 and left the Bank in September 2021.

In his position, Fernando Pons had overall responsibility for the formulation, coordination and implementation of the Bank’s strategy for Corporate Services, with the aim of providing value through the design, transformation, and continuous improvement of administrative support services.  In addition, he was involved in ensuring an effective and efficient delivery of business support processes that ensure the required levels of control and compliance, maintaining strong internal customer relationships, including customer satisfaction and monitoring and managing service delivery levels. The Vice President is a member of the Executive Committee and Management Committee and chairs the IT Governance Committee.

Mr Pons had more than 20 years of international experience in leading Corporate Services teams, having developed his career in different areas of Human Resources, Procurement, Finance, Administrative Support and Internal Audit.  His main technical domains are organisational transformation, business process re-engineering and advanced analytics.

He is an experienced team manager and a people person who has a track record of building, developing and motivating high performance teams across different functions and in particular in Corporate Services, Finance, Data and Analytics as well as Internal Audit.

Most recently he was Head of Service Management at Rio Tinto mining company where he led a global business processes transformation program. He has also worked for leading pharmaceutical, chemical and life science company, Merck, where he held various leadership positions in financial services, procurement and in internal audit, among them Regional Director Project Realization and was responsible for leading the financial services transformation program for Europe, Middle East /Africa and Latin America.

Earlier in his career he worked for Exxon Mobile and for ED&F Man in London.

Mr Pons graduated from San Pablo CEU University of Madrid in Economics and Business Management and from Beckett University of Leeds in European Business Management.  He holds a Master of Business Administration, Executive MBA from Instituto de Empresa and Advanced Management Degree, PADE from IESE, both of them Spanish business schools.  He completed a Postgraduate Research Degree (DEA) on Applied Economics at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. He has also studied at UCLA, and at “Real Colegio Complutense” Harvard Business School.

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