Manolo Sánchez

Non-Executive Director

Fannie Mae

Manolo Sánchez is currently a director at Fannie Mae (FNM), Stewart Information Systems (STC) and BanCoppel (Mexico’s largest in-store bank) after having served as chair & CEO of BBVA Compass for 10 years.  He was a board member at OnDeck Capital (ONDK).  At Rice University’s Jones School of Business, he teaches disruption in financial services with a focus on crypto currencies and blockchain. Manolo is an advisor to several fintech and blockchain startups, including SpringLabs (blockchain-based credit and identity data), Securitize (blockchain digital securities platform), and Topl (supply blockchain focused on ethical and sustainable practices).

His banking career at BBVA, spanned over 27 years, with positions in the US, Mexico, France and Spain, and executive roles in risk management, real estate, correspondent, corporate and investment banking.

Manolo has served as a director of the American Bankers Association, the Institute of International Bankers, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Financial Services Roundtable and BITS (the technology policy division of FSR).  He is currently a trustee at the Center for Houston’s Future.

Manolo has volunteered extensively in the communities where he has worked, with a focus on education, health, and the arts.  He is an emeritus trustee and past chair of the Post Oak Montessori School board, as well as a director of Good Reason Houston, KIPP Texas, Brighter Bites, Texas Children’s Hospital, the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Symphony.

A graduate of Yale University, Manolo earned master’s degrees in international relations from the London School of Economics and in advanced European economics from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

A native of Murcia, Spain, Manolo first came to the US as high school exchange student. In addition to English and Spanish, he speaks French, German and Arabic. A naturalized US citizen, he lives in Houston with his wife and three children.