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Ignacio Bao

Ignacio Bao

Emeritus Chairman of the Signium Board | Managing Partner Spain & Portugal

Madrid, Spain

Ignacio Bao has more than 35 years of experience within the sectors of Consultancy, Legal Services and Financial Institutions.

Ignacio was elected Global Chairman and CEO after joining Signium in 2004, helping the Firm jump from his earlier presence in nine countries with eleven offices to a global positioning of forty-six offices in thirty-four countries. After serving for 15 years, Ignacio decided to step down from Executive Positions and was nominated as Emeritus Chairman of the Global Board. He continues managing Spain and Portugal.

Before joining Signium, Ignacio worked as Division General Manager for various industrial public companies, worked at Arthur Andersen where he started his career and spent 8 years working at two major multinational Executive Search firms, where he managed the Professional Services Practice for Europe and Latin America. In 2008 Ignacio was included among the 50 most influential headhunters in the world by BusinessWeek.

Ignacio serves as Senior Advisor of Firce Capital Fund Luxembourg since 2020 for Spain and Portugal, as well as Senior Advisor in Spain for Banco Invest since 2021.

Ignacio has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from the Vigo University. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and English fluently.