Telecommunications Engineer from the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid and PDD from IESE.
Francisco Román started his professional career in Sainco and in 1983 he entered the spanish branch of the IT multinational Hewlett Packard, where he was appointed director of the Telecommunications, Electronics and Defense area. In the beginning of 1992 he was designated Director for Spain of AirTouch International, one of the founders of Airtel Móvil S.A, where he was Director of Technology, obtaining the first licence when the liberalisation of the Telecommunication sector occured. CEO of Microsoft Ibérica from 1998 and July 2002, he then went to Vodafone, first as COO and later appointed CEO on February 2003 and Chairman CEO on January 2008. Until the 1st of January 2019 he was Chairman of Vodafone España and Chairman of Vodafone España Foundation.
Nowadays he is the Chairman, since april 2015, March R.S. which belongs to Banca March. He also chairs Fundación SERES which unites more than 140 companies and focuses in promoting the compromise of the companies with Society.
Francisco Roman is a member of the Board and Adviser of: Universidad Europea de Madrid (Laureate International Universities), The Advisory Board del Global Corporation Center of IE And of the Professional Council of ESADE. He is also a member of the Directive of the Círculo de Empresarios, The Rector Council of APD (Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección) and different sectoral associations of Telecommunications. He was an independent adviser for NH Group (2014-2017). In the Social field he is patrono of Fundación CASER.
In the innovations and startups development field, he takes part on Vitamina k and K Fund, and is a member of Bullnet’s Advisory Council, a venture capital society specialized on technology. He teaches Strategic Direction on IESE Business School.