María Luisa Arjonilla

María Luisa Arjonilla

CIO of Banco Popular,

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Balance Sheet Total

147.0bn €




Popular, the fifth largest Spanish bank in terms of stock market capitalisation, with assets totalling €157,180 million and a market share in Spain of around 6.6%, is the Spanish financial institution most oriented to the retail banking business. Almost 90% of its revenues come from retail banking, the highest figure among all Spanish banks. This difference gives Banco Popular a clear competitive advantage, in an environment characterised by the return to traditional commercial banking

Popular has almost 1,604 branches all over Spain, 135 overseas and over 11,948 employees, all specialising in services for SMEs, the self-employed and families

Popular also operates widely abroad, through two foreign entities, Banco Popular Portugal and Totalbank in Florida (both wholly owned), in addition to a 25% holding in the Mexican entity Bx+. This international network is complemented by over a dozen representative branches and collaboration agencies.

Popular's corporate strategy is built on the cornerstones of profitability, solvency and efficiency. These strengths are aligned with a high business model which focuses on the customer and on high quality service, which has consolidated it over decades as the benchmark entity for Spanish small and medium-sized companies

  • 2010 – present: Banco Popular Chief Information Officer
  • 2007 – 2009: Barclays Spain Chief Information Officer
  • 2001 – 2007: Barclays Spain Application Development Director
  • 2005 – 2006: Teacher of the subject Information Systems at IEB Executive Master for Financial Entities
  • 1989 – 2001: Experienced Manager at Accenture
  • 1987 – 1988: Postgraduate research intership at New York University
  • 1987: Postgraduate research intership, Spain Ministry of Education
  • 2008: IESE Business School - University of Navarra: General Management Executive Program
  • 1981 – 1986: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Biological Science
  • Interview Computing.  "CIO&Negocio", November 2016
  • ComputerWorld 2013. Technological project of the year in the private sector

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