María Dolores Dancausa was born in Burgos, she is married and has three children. Since October 2010 she has held the post of Managing Director of Bankinter, one of the leading financial institutions in Spain.
Throughout her career, she has worked in the financial sector, first at Banco Exterior and then at Bankinter. When Línea Directa Aseguradora was created in 1994, she was appointed General Secretary of the Management Board, a role she held until 2008 when she became Managing Director. Following her appointment as Managing Director of Bankinter she continues to sit on the Board of Direct Line, as well as sitting on the Steering Committee of the APD (Spanish initials for the Association for Management Progress). Since 2013 she has been a non-executive Director of Esure, a leading UK insurance company.
Holding a degree in Law from the University of San Pablo Ceu, she has also studied on a number of Management Programmes at Harvard Business School, and an AMP (Advanced Management Programme) at the INSEAD Business School (Fontainebleau).
In recent years, María Dolores Dancausa has received several awards in recognition of her business trajectory. In this regard, we should highlight the manager of the year 2014 Award by Emprendedores magazine, the AED award for manager of the year 2013 and selection by Forbes Magazine as the best CEO of an Ibex 35 company in 2013, in the ranking prepared by that publication with the advice of Deloitte, IE Business School and Ernst & Young. Last year, Dancausa also received the Aster - ESIC awards for the "best professional career" and "Financier of the year" from Ecofin magazine.
In 2014, she was named the leading female entrepreneur with the best reputation in Spain in the MERCO Líderes report. She occupies twelfth place in the overall ranking among the country's most prestigious managers. In the past three years, she has risen considerably in this ranking, climbing 33 places
In 2012, she won the award for outstanding personality of the year for her "ability to manage a medium-size bank in these times of crisis in the Spanish financial system " in the second edition of the "Noche de la Economía" held by the El Economista daily. That same year, she won the Expansión daily's Emprendedores & Empleo ("Entrepreneurs and Employment") award for best CEO of the year for her support of people management. In 2011, she won an award in the twentieth edition of Ejecutivos magazine for her outstanding professional career. During 2010, María Dolores Dancausa was voted an Influential Woman in the ranking of the top 100 Spanish women leaders, and she received the Award for the Best Woman Manager of the Year from FEDEPE, the Spanish Federation of Women Managers, Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. She is one of the few women in charge of an IBEX 35 company.
Under her management, Bankinter has excelled in terms of financial results. The company closed the year with a level of pre-crisis results. In 2013 the bank achieved its best result of the past four years. Also in 2013, Bankinter was the best performing stock of those that remained in the IBEX 35 throughout the year, and the most profitable bank in the Euro Stoxx 600. In 2012 it was one of the top four Spanish banks in terms of profit. In 2011, the institution increased its profit by 20%. Bankinter is one of the privileged group of Spain's most solvent institutions ("Group 0") according to Oliver Wyman's audit report on the Spanish banking system.