Eduardo Aguirre

Former U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra

Eduardo Aguirre is former U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra. His 40-year career spans government service, banking and business consulting.

As ambassador to Spain and Andorra, he oversaw a multitude of bilateral issues, including national security; foreign investment; intelligence development, sharing, analysis and cooperation; defense cooperation; and commercial, trade and economic interests. After President Rodriguez Zapatero withdrew Spanish troops from Iraq in 2004, Ambassador Aguirre was responsible for reducing tensions and normalizing U.S. relations with the Spanish government. 

Ambassador Aguirre also served in other positions in President George W. Bush’s administration, including first director of the newly created U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an under secretary ranked position in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, he worked to enhance national security and establish a brand identity for USCIS. He was also the acting chairman of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, where he was responsible for leading the financing of complex transactions in transportation, technology and energy projects, among others. While chairman, he made significant improvements to the bank’s productivity, risk management structure and service to U.S. exporters.

Prior to entering public service, Ambassador Aguirre held multiple global executive roles with Bank of America for more than 24 years; retiring as president of its International Private Bank. His expertise spans international trade, foreign exchange risk management, regulatory compliance and investment management.

Ambassador Aguirre is chairman and CEO of Atlantic Partners Group L.L.C., a consulting group offering strategic, geopolitical and business advice to clients seeking to maximize their transatlantic business opportunities. He also serves on several corporate boards, including the U.S. subsidiaries of Spanish multinationals BBVA, a global financial services group, and Iberdrola Renewables, a leader in optimized energy solutions.

Ambassador Aguirre was granted the Order of Isabella the Catholic - Grand Cross, a prestigious Spanish civil order in recognition of services that benefit the country. He was also awarded the highest civilian decorations by The Holy See, Andorra, the Royal House of Rwanda, Pakistan, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. He is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Americanism Award by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Ambassador Aguirre earned a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University. He is a certified commercial lender and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Connecticut, the University of Houston and the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago, Dominican Republic.