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Cristina Álvarez Álvarez


Cristina Álvarez Álvarez


Professor, Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership

Academic director, Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership
Group CTO (Chief Technology Officer), Santander Bank


Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership

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Leading Implementation of Digital Technology
Capstone: Transformation/Innovation Project
Lab: Digital Transformation Roadmap

Senior executive, with more than 25 years working in the telecommunications and technology sector
Global CTO experience defining and executing the technology transformation roadmap
Academic director of executive master IE: “Digital Transformation and Innovation Leadership”
Master Telco Engineering by “Universidad Politécnica de Madrid 1987-1992” and PDD in IESE (2001)
Married with three kids, strongly supporter of inclusive leadership as a powerful tool to improve business results

Executive experience in: Alcatel(Nokia) (1992-1995), Vodafone (1996-2006) where one of her responsibility was CIO and Product Engineering, Telefónica (2006-Oct2017), where she was CIO and general manager of services development, being part of executive board in Telefónica Spain since 2009.

She was Non-Executive Director in Sacyr April 2018), and in AEDASHOMES (October 2017), where she led technology commission. In both boards, she was a member of CNR.
She is Group CTO at Santander Bank, where she is accountable to define and drive the execution of the Technology Strategy in Santander Group, to become in an Open financial services platform.

She firmly believes the importance to boost the woman rol in technology, and the understanding of how technology can improve society, being an active member in several fora. She is part of Cionet Advisory Board, member of CIO Executive Board.

She was awarded as “Engineering of the year 2016”, by COIT/AEIT, “AUTELSI Award” by her career in TIC 2017, and “Digital Leader 2016” by Cionet.