​​​​​​​​​ESBG Presidents Committee Biographies​

​Updated: 9 April 2019


Helmut Schleweis – ESBG President

President of Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband (German Savings Banks Association (DSGV) 

As president of WSBI-ESBG member German Savings Banks Association (DSGV), Mr. Schleweis heads the umbrella organisation of the Savings Banks Finance Group (Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe in German), Germany's largest and leading financial network. The group includes 390 savings banks (Sparkasse in German), seven Landesbank groups, eight Landesbausparkassen, 11 direct insurer groups, as well as many additional financial service providers and other associated companies, with a total of over 320,000 employees. Before leading DSGV on 1 January 2018 for a six-year term, he was since 2010 federal chairman of the German Savings Banks and third vice-president of the DSGV. In this capacity, he represented the interests of savings banks in many institutions of the Savings Banks Finance Group, in particular in the group's associated companies. In 2002, he was appointed chairman of their management board. Schleweis, who was born in Heidelberg, Germany, began his professional career in 1973 at the Sparkasse in Heidelberg.​

​​Isidro Fainé ESBG Vice President

President of CECA, Spain

Isidro Fainé, born in Manresa in 1942, has been Chairman of CaixaBank since 2009 and a member of the Board of Directors since 2000. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation and of Criteria CaixaHolding. He holds a doctorate in economics, an international senior managers programme certificate in business administration from Harvard University, and a diploma in senior management from the IESE Business School. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Economics and Finance and of the Royal Academy of Doctorate Holders. Isidro Fainé is vice-chairman of Telefónica, first vice-chairman of Repsol, and a member of the boards of directors of Banco BPI, Bank of East Asia and the Suez Environnement Company. He is chairman of the Spanish Confederation of Savings Banks (CECA), and vice president of the World Savings Banks Institute (WSBI). From 2015 until June 2018, he was president of ESBG. He is also chairman of the Spanish Confederation of Directors and Executives (CEDE), the Spanish Chapter of the Club of Rome and the Círculo Financiero. He is also a member of the Business Council for Competition (CEC).

Laurent Mignon – ESBG Vice President

Chairman of the Management Board, Groupe BPCE, France​

​Laurent Mignon has been the chairman of the management board of Groupe BPCE since 1 June 2018. He is also chairman of the board of directors of Crédit Foncier, chairman of the board of directors of Natixis, chairman of CE Holding Participations, a director of CNP Assurances, a director of Sopassure, the lead director of PJ Solomon in New York, a director of Arkema and a director of AROP  a not-for-profit association promoting the Paris National Opera. After graduating from HEC in 1986 and the Stanford Executive Program, Laurent Mignon worked for Banque Indosuez for over 10 years, initially in capital markets, then in corporate & investment banking. In 1996, he joined Banque Schroders in London, then AGF (Assurances Générales de France) in 1997 as chief financial officer. He was appointed to the AGF Executive Committee in 1998, then as deputy chief executive officer in charge of Banque AGF, AGF Asset Management and AGF Immobilier in 2002, then chief operating officer in charge of life insurance & financial services and credit insurance in 2003. In 2006, he was appointed chief executive officer and chairman of the executive committee. From 2007 to 2009, he was managing partner at Oddo & Cie.

Jens Henriksson – ESBG Vice President

President and CEO of Swedbank, Sweden

Swedbank has its roots in the Swedish savings bank movement, which dates to 1820. Swedbank's operations are still based on the same goal: to help the many people and businesses achieve a solid financial sustainability. Swedbank is a digital bank with four home markets Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden, and has more than 7 million private and 600.000 corporate customers. Swedbank is listed on the Swedish Stock Exchange (SWED).

Mr. Henriksson has an extensive experience from financial markets, private companies, public finances and international economic affairs. For six years, between 2013 and 2019, he was the President and CEO of Folksam, Sweden's largest insurance company. Before joining Folksam he was a Senior Vice President with NASDAQ OMX and the President and the CEO of the Swedish Stock Exchange, NASDAQ OMX Stockholm.

During 1994 ‑ 2006 he worked at the Swedish Ministry of Finance. As State Secretary he was responsible for economic and international affairs (EU, IMF, World Bank, NIB, EIB, CEB, EBRD, and Paris Club). In 2008 ‑ 10 he was Executive Director at IMF in Washington, DC, responsible for the Nordic and Baltic region, and worked among other with the Latvian and Icelandic programs. He was a long-time member of the EU Economic and Financial Committee (EFC) and WP3 in OECD.

Jens Henriksson was born in 1967 in Lund, Sweden. He currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and three children. He has a M. Sc. in Engineering with focus on neural networks and artificial intelligence, and a fil. lic. in Economics focusing on the interaction between monetary and fiscal policy. He is a lifelong member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and a Chevalier of the National Order of Merit awarded by the President of the French Republic.

Gerhard Fabisch – ESBG Vice President

President of the Austrian Association of Savings Banks (Österreichischer Sparkassenverband), Austria

Gerhard Fabisch is chief executive officer and chairman of the board at Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG. After graduating in 1985, he joined Steiermärkische Sparkasse’s analysis team. He worked for several years as a corporate account manager and then became head of corporate banking management and the board in 2001. Since 2004, he has been CEO of Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen AG. 

Giuseppe Ghisolfi ​ ESBG Vice President and Treasurer 

ACRI, Italy​​​

A career journalist, Professor Ghisolfi taught "Theory and Method of Mass Media". Between 1997 and 2018 he was president of Cassa di Risparmio Spa and between 1994 and 1997 vice president of the Cassa di Risparmio di Fossano Foundation. He was vice president of the Italian Banking Association (ABI) from 2014 to 30 June 2016, vice president of the Association of Foundations and Savings Banks (Acri) from 2016 to 2018. Between 2014 and 2017, he was director of the Italian Foundation for Financial Education and Advisor of the National Bank. He has directed television and newspapers, including Telecupole and the Giornale del Piemonte. He serves as chairman of the Acri communication, foreign Committee and board committees. He is alternate member of the Statutory Interbank Deposit Protection Fund (FITD), statutory auditor of Bancomat Spa, board member of the Carnegie Foundation, an ABI alternate auditor, head of "Banca Finanza".