Emilio Novela

Emilio Novela is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Commission of Talgo, Non-Executive Chairman of Itevelesa, member of the Advisory Board of Trilantic Capital Partners and an Independent Director of Merlin Properties.

From 1999 to 2003, he was Vice-Chairman and CEO of Vallehermoso, Spain’s largest Real Estate Company, following a long and fruitful banking career which started at Banco Hispano Americano in 1974, where he became co-Managing Director in 1986. In 1991, after the merger with Banco Central, he became Managing Director of the merged Banco Central Hispano (BCH), and until 2003 of Banco Santander Central Hispano (BSCH), following the merger with Banco Santander. He was also Vice-Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Bank Banif (Santander Private Banking).

Emilio was CFO of Empetrol (Repsol Petroleo) from 1983 to 1986.

Emilio’s previous Board appointments include Generali, Banco Urquijo, Cortefiel, Larios, Union Fenosa, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and Dixi Media.

A native of Seville, Emilio holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Universidad Politecnica (Madrid).