Francisco Pedro Presas Pinto de Balsemão is the CEO of Impresa, the largest media company in Portugal, since March 2016. Previously (October 2012) he acted as Impresa’s COO responsible for Human Resources, Legal Affairs and Sustainability, as well as Company Secretary. He graduated in Law at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon) and has a Masters Degree in Law (Magister Juris) by Oxford University (UK). He also undertook a General Course in Management at Nova School of Business and Economics (Lisbon), the Advanced Management Program at Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Lisbon) and Kellogg School of Management (Chicago), the Orchestrating Winning Performance/Leading the Family Business program at IMD Business School (Lausanne) and Journey to Business Transformation by Esade Business School at Singularity University, NASA Research Park (Silicon Valley).
Francisco began his career in 2003, as an Associate at Linklaters (Lisbon) and later as a Human Resources Consultant in Heidrick & Struggles (Lisbon). He joined Impresa in 2009 as Human Resources Director. Before, in 2007, he was an Assistant Attaché in the Portuguese Mission to the United Nations (New York), having worked in the 3rd Committee (Human Rights). Francisco is also the Vice-President of SIC Esperança, an NGO, since 2013, and a Director of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, since November 2017. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Forum for Competitiveness (2018 -2020) and member of the Faculty Council at the Law School of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2018-2021).
Francisco Pedro Balsemão won the Media Personality of the Year Award, in 2019, awarded by the magazine “Meios e Publicidade”.