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Nuria Oliver would be an independent director for the next four years.

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Bankia proposes the appointment of Nuria Oliver as an independent advisor at its Shareholders’ Meeting

The appointment will be submitted for approval by the General Shareholders’ Meeting and will have to be authorised by the European Central Bank (ECB),

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By  Communication Bankia

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21 February 2020 - 16:00

  • She has more than 25 years of experience as a researcher in various national and international projects related to artificial intelligence, smart and interactive systems, mobile computing and big data
  • The Bankia Board of Directors, which will have 13 members if this appointment is approved, increases the weight of freelancers up to 70% and advances in the commitment to increase the presence of women

The Board of Directors of Bankia, at the proposal of the Appointments and Responsible Management Committee, approved the appointment of Nuria Oliver as a new independent advisor of the entity for the next four years.

The appointment will be submitted for approval by the General Shareholders’ Meeting and will have to be authorised by the European Central Bank (ECB), which is the body that determines the suitability of the administrators of European banks.

The new advisor of the entity, born in Alicante, is a senior telecommunications engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Oliver has more than 25 years of experience as a researcher, innovator and research director in artificial intelligence, smart and interactive systems, mobile computing and big data. In addition, she has published more than 160 scientific papers and is the creator of 40 patent applications.

Among her main professional responsibilities, the new advisor of Bankia has been a researcher at Microsoft Research, scientific director at Telefónica R&D and global director of Research in Data Sciences at Vodafone.

In addition, Oliver works as chief data scientist at the Data-Pop Alliance and as an advisor to universities, governments and institutions such as the European Commission or the World Economic Forum. She is the co-founder of the European Laboratory of Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS), a European network that fosters scientific excellence in Artificial Intelligence.

Her work has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 'MIT TR35 Young Innovator Award (2004)', the 'National Computer Award 2016' (category Angela Ruiz Robles), the '2016 Ada Byron Award for Women in Computing', the '2018 Engineering and Data Scientist of the Year Award 2019'. She holds a honoris causa doctorate from Miguel Hernández University in Elche and is the youngest member of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Oliver firmly believes in the power of technology to achieve a positive social impact. She dedicates part of her time to scientific and technological dissemination, with particular interest in inspiring young people, especially women, to pursue scientific and technological careers.

After her incorporation, the Board of Directors of the entity will have 13 members: three executives, nine independent advisors and one external advisor.

This means that close to 70% of directors have the category of 'independent advisors', which is why Bankia fully complies with the recommendation of the CNMV Code of Good Governance, which establishes that the number of independent advisors must be at least half of the board.

More diversity

Moreover, with this appointment, the Bankia Board of Directors increases its diversity with a greater presence of women. After the incorporation of Oliver, it already has three women among its members, approaching the 30% goal by the end of 2020.

The Bankia Board of Directors has also approved proposing the re-election of José Sevilla as CEO for four more years to the Shareholders’ Meeting. Likewise, the agenda of the Meeting includes the re-election, for four years, of the independent advisors Joaquín Ayuso, Francisco Javier Campo, Eva Castillo and Antonio Greño.

Once the Board approves the appointment and re-election, the Bankia Board of Directors will be composed of: José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, José Sevilla, Antonio Ortega, Carlos Egea, Joaquín Ayuso, Francisco Javier Campo, Eva Castillo, Jorge Cosmen, José Luis Feito, Fernando Fernández, Laura González, Antonio Greño and Nuria Oliver.

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