Francisco Pedro Balsemão

CEO of Impresa and Vice-President of SIC Esperança

Francisco Pedro Balsemão, is the CEO of Impresa, the largest media company (Broadcast, Print and Digital) in Portugal, since March 2016. Before, he acted as Impresa’s COO responsible for HR, Legal Affairs and Sustainability. He graduated in Law by Universidade Nova de Lisboa and has a Masters Degree in Law (Magister Juris) by Oxford University. He also undertook a General Course in Management at Nova School of Business and Economics, the “Advanced Management Program” at Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Kellogg School of Management (Chicago), the “Orchestrating Winning Performance / Leading the Family Business” course at IMD Business School (Lausanne) and “Journey to Business Transformation” program by Esade Business School at Singularity University, California. He began his career in 2003, as an Associate at Linklaters and later, in 2008, as a Human Resources Consultant in Heidrick & Struggles. He joined Impresa in 2009, as Human Resources Director. Before, he was an Assistant Adviser in the Portuguese Mission to the United Nations in the 3rd Committee (Human Rights). Francisco is also the Vice-President of SIC Esperança, an NGO, since 2013, Director of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, since November 2017 and a member of the Faculty Council at the Law Faculty of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2018-2021).

Impresa is the largest Portuguese media company, with operations in TV, digital and print. We have almost 900 amazing and spirited employees, €173M in revenue in 2018, 1 FTA and 5 cable channels, 1 international channel, 1 newspaper and dozens of digital properties. We export our channels to 15 countries and have a viewership of over 5 million people abroad. We have also sold our contents to more than 40 countries worldwide, from Dubai to Mexico, including South Korea and Italy, mostly soap operas and documentaries, and have won many international prizes, including, last year, at the World Media Festival in Germany, at the NY Film Festivals and most notably an Emmy Award in 2011.