Manuel Polanco Moreno

Member of the Board of Directors

Member of the Delegate Committee


Manuel Polanco holds a degree in Economics and Business Studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He has a thorough understanding of PRISA, where he has spent his entire professional career. He began his career in Latin America, a region  which has long proved crucial for the development of the Group.

From 1991 to 1993 he headed Santillana in Chile and Peru. He was subsequently appointed editor-in-chief of the Mexican newspaper La Prensa and he was instrumental in the launch of the American edition of El País in Mexico City, the first Spanish newspaper to be published simultaneously in both countries. It quickly became the newspaper of record and set the standard for international reporting in Latin America. In 1996 he became director of Santillana in Latin America and the United States, based in Miami, a period which saw the creation of the last Santillanas in the region. He also improved coordination between offices in different countries.

Back in Spain in 1999, he became president of the media sales arm of ​​the entire Group through GDM (Gerencia de Medios) and a year later he was named president of GMI (Gestión de Medios Impresos) which brought together the newspapers Cinco Dias and AS, magazines and new investments in regional press. In 2005, after the acquisition of Media Capital by PRISA, he was made CEO of the Portugal’s leading television and audiovisual production company. Here he oversaw a period of international expansion into other Portuguese-speaking markets and he consolidated the Portuguese company’s lead in television, with TVI, as well as in audiovisual production for television through the company Plural.

In 2009, he returned to Spain as a Managing Director at PRISA, and he subsequently oversaw the Group’s television interests, including Canal + until its sale to Telefonica in 2015. He led the launch of PRISA’s new production and video division while Deputy Chair of the Group. Polanco has been a director of PRISA since 2001 and a member of its Executive Committee since 2008. On January 1, 2018, he took over as Chairman of the Board of Directors of PRISA, a post he held until December of that year. Currently, besides Director of PRISA, is non-executive Chairman of the Boards of Directors of: Prisa Noticias, S.L., Grupo Santillana Global Education, S.L. and Prisa Radio, S.A.




External director appointed by Timón SA.

First and last appointments:

  • 19 April 2001
  • 29 June 2020

Boards of Directors of other listed companies to which it belongs (*):

  • None

(*) Excluding: (i) holding or family-owned companies and (ii) positions in companies that had been already recorded in the previous biographical note.

Boards of Directors of other non- listed companies to which it belongs (*):

  • CEO of Rucandio, S.A.       
  • Deputy Chairman of Timón, S.A.    
  • Director of Qualitas Venture Capital, S.A. S.C.R
  • Director of Tropical Hoteles, S.A.
  • Member of the management body of other Grupo PRISA´s companies.

(*) Excluding: (i) holding or family-owned companies and (ii) positions in companies that had been already recorded in the previous biographical note.

Other paid activities:

The director does not perform other paid activities different to those above declared. 

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