Artur Santos was born in Oporto in 1941, Trustee of Fundación Bancaria Caixa d’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona “la Caixa” since May 2017.
He has a Law degree from the University of Coimbra (1963) and an honorary doctorate from the University of Oporto (2010).
He is Chairman of the General Board of University of Oporto since October 2017.
Founder of the BPI Group, he was the Executive Chairman of the SPI between 1981 and 1984 and Executive Chairman of Banco BPI from 1985 to 2004. From 2004 to 2017, he was Chairman of the Bank’s Board of Directors, currently Honorary Chairman.
He was also non-executive Director (2002-2012) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2012-2017) and non-executive Director of Jerónimo Martins, SGPS, SA (2004-2013).
He chaired Portugal’s National Committee for Commemoration of the Centenary of the Republic between 2008 and 2011, the General Council of the University of Coimbra from 2009 to 2012 and the Council of Founders of the “Casa da Música” (2006-2012).
He was Deputy Governor of the Banco de Portugal (1977-1978), State Secretary of the Treasury (1975-1976) and Senior Manager of Banco Português do Atlântico (1968-1975).
In Portugal he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Military Order of St. James of the Sword in 2017, the Grand Cross of the Order of Liberty in 2011, the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry in 2004 and the Order of Civil Merit in 1991. Also in 1991, he received the Gold Medal of Honour from Oporto City Council.
In France he was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour in 2008 and received the National Order of Merit in 1996.
In Spain he received the Order of Civil Merit in 1998.
Last updated: August 2019