Boyden’s Leadership Series Features EDP CEO António Mexia

  Boyden’s Leadership Series Features EDP CEO António Mexia

- CEO of one of Europe’s biggest energy operators discusses new opportunities
amidst growing global demand and motivating teams through shared victories and
                             freedom to operate -

Business Wire

LISBON, Portugal -- December 27, 2012

Boyden, a global leader in executive search, today released its latest issue
of the Boyden Leadership Series featuring an in-depth interview with António
Mexia, CEO of EDP- Energias de Portugal, SA. EDP is one of the largest energy
operators of the Iberian Peninsula, the largest Portuguese industrial group,
and the third largest global producer of wind energy.

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

The full interview with Mr Mexia and a sidebar discussion with Boyden’s Mr de
Almeida “Recruiting for the Next Generation” is available at

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
Analysts (NYSSA), Jeffrey Housenbold, President and CEO of Shutterfly Inc.,
Jaime Rivera, CEO of Bladex, Svein Rennemo, Chairman of Statoil, Kristin
Skogen Lund, Executive VP and Group Director of Telenor, Ümran Beba, Region
President for Asia Pacific for PepsiCo, David Gergen, Director of Harvard’s
Center for Public Leadership and a former presidential advisor; Robert Reich,
currently Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at
Berkeley and a former US Secretary of Labor, and James E. Lillie , CEO of
Jarden Corporation. All are available on Boyden’s website.

About the Series

The Boyden Leadership Series is an ongoing publication that highlights the
views of high-profile business leaders on issues relevant to leadership,
management and talent acquisition. The series’ editors conduct interviews with
heads of corporations and other key organisations across the globe to further
growth and the exchange of ideas.

About Boyden World Corporation

Boyden is a global leader in the executive search industry with more than 65
offices in over 40 countries. Founded in 1946, Boyden specialises in high
level executive search, interim management and human capital consulting across
a broad spectrum of industries. For further information, visit the firm’s
website at


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