José Viñals is the group chairman of Standard Chartered. He began his career as an economist and a member of the faculty at Stanford University before spending 25 years at the Central Bank of Spain, where he rose to be the deputy governor. He has held many other board and advisory positions, including chair of Spain’s Deposit Guarantee Fund, chair of the international relations committee at the European Central Bank, member of the economic and financial committee of the European Union, and chair of the working group on institutional investors at the Bank for International Settlements.
Mr Viñals joined the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2009 and stepped down in 2016 to join Standard Chartered. At the IMF he was the financial counsellor and the director of the monetary and capital markets department, and was responsible for the oversight and direction of the fund’s monetary and financial sector work. He was the IMF’s chief spokesman on financial matters including global financial stability. During his tenure at the IMF, he was also a member of the plenary and steering committee of the Financial Stability Board, playing a key role in the reform of international financial regulation.