Cristina Garmendia Mendizábal was born in San Sebastian in 1962. She has been a member of the CaixaBank Board of Directors since June 2019.
She has a degree in Biological Sciences, specialising in Genetics, an MBA from the IESE Business School of the University of Navarra and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Centre of the Autonomous University of Madrid.
She is currently a Director of Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings, S.A., Mediaset, Ysios Capital and Satlantis Microsats.
In the past, she has been Executive Deputy Chair and Financial Director of the Amasua Group, President of the Association of Biotechnology Companies (ASEBIO) and member of the Governing Board of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations (CEOE). She has also been a member of the governing bodies of, among other companies, Science & Innovation Link Office, S.L., Naturgy Energy Group, S.A. (formerly Gas Natural, S.A.), Corporación Financiera Alba, Pelayo Mutua de Seguros and CEO of Genetrix S.L.
She has been Minister of Science and Innovation in the Spanish Government during the entire IX Legislature from April 2008 to December 2011.
She is President of the COTEC Foundation, a member of the España Constitucional, SEPI and Women for Africa Foundations, as well as a member of the Social Council of the University of Seville.
Latest update: December 2019.