Standard Chartered Group Chairman to join the Social Progress Imperative board

The Social Progress Imperative is proud to announce that José Viñals, Group Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC, is joining the Board of Directors in February 2019.

José brings extensive and practical insight on global economic and financial issues to the Social Progress Imperative. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he was responsible for the oversight and direction of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) monetary and financial sector work and served as its chief spokesman on financial matters. José began his career as an economist before spending 25 years at the Central Bank of Spain, where he rose to the post of deputy governor. He has also been the Chairman of the European Central Bank International Relations Committee, a member of the European Central Bank Monetary Policy Committee, and a high-level group appointed by the President of the European Union to examine economic challenges in the EU.

Brizio Biondi-Morra, Chair of the Board of Directors, said, “José brings deep knowledge of the political and economic dynamics of both European and international markets. We are delighted to welcome him to the board and look forward to his insights into how better to advance social progress.”

“José’s experience with global markets and international institutions will be invaluable to advancing the Social Progress Imperative’s mission to use data to make smarter policy and investment decisions,” said Michael Green, CEO of the Social Progress Imperative.

“Now more than ever, it is clear that policymakers and business leaders at every level need to build social and environmental data into their decision making. I believe the Social Progress Index is the tool they need and I look forward to working together with staff and my fellow board members to scale its adoption worldwide,” José said.

He will be joined on the Social Progress Imperative Board by Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President and founder of the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL), who will also begin her new role in February. Read more about Koch-Mehrin’s appointment to the board here.


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