Jan 2 2013
Mr Mexia discusses energy demand and opportunities in developing markets, partnerships in China and Brazil, lower cost of renewables, energising teams and why great talent overrides a bad crisis.
“Mr Mexia’s distinguished career in business, finance, government and academia provides an ideal mix to lead a global company such as EDP that impacts multiple geographies and customer bases,” said Trina Gordon, President and CEO of Boyden World Corporation.
“Mr Mexia’s vision of a cleaner energy world is clearly demonstrated in EDP’s leadership in renewable energy production and sustainable business practices,” added Fernando Neves de Almeida, Managing Director of Boyden Portugal. “ His approach to motivating and growing talent to achieve this shared global vision demonstrates valuable lessons for all leaders today.”
Mr Mexia has been the Chief Executive Officer of EDP and Chairman of the Company’s Board since March 2006. Prior to joining EDP, he held several important positions in the energy sector in Portugal and also as a member of the Portuguese government. From 2004 to 2005, he served as the Minister of Public Works, Transportation and Communications. From 2001 to 2004, he was the Executive Chairman of Galp Energia, which he first joined as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2000. He has also served as the Board Chairman of Petrogal, Gás de Portugal, Transgás and Transgás-Atlântico.
Mr Mexia was a Director in charge of the equity capital markets and project finance divisions of Banco Espírito Santo de Investimentos from 1990 to 1998. Prior to his career in finance, he was an Assistant to Portugal’s Secretary of State for Foreign Trade and also served as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICEP (the Portuguese Institute for Foreign Trade).
Mr Mexia has held several leadership roles in industry and trade associations in Portugal. He was also a Government representative to the EU working group for the trans-European network development. In January 2008 he was appointed as member of the General and Supervisory Board of Banco Comercial Português, SA, having been previously a member of the Superior Board of this bank.
Mr Mexia received a degree in Economics from Université de Genève (Switzerland), where he was also Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Economics. He was a postgraduate lecturer in European Studies at Universidade Católica. He also served as a member of the governing boards of Universidade Nova de Lisboa and of Universidade Católica, where he was Director until the mid-1990s.
The full interview with Mr Mexia and a sidebar discussion with Boyden’s Mr de Almeida “Recruiting for the Next Generation” is available at www.boyden.com.
Previous issues of Boyden’s Leadership Series include interviews with Mehmet Sezgin, Head of Global Payment Systems for BBVA, Stephan Winkelmann, President & CEO of Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., Luís Mira Amaral, CEO of Banco BIC Português, Kathy O’Connor, Chairman of the New York Society of Security
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