Eduardo Aguirre retired in 2009, as U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. 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 domestic and transatlantic business opportunities.
He serves on several corporate boards, including the US subsidiaries of Spanish multinationals BBVA and IBERDROLA; he is Senior Advisor to the law firm of Haynes and Boone LLP. Currently, he is a director of the Greater Houston Partnership, Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Ambassador Aguirre served during 8 years in three executive positions in President George W. Bush’s Administration, including Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an Under Secretary rank position in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Aguirre was the Acting Chairman and CEO of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank).
Prior to his U.S. Government service, Ambassador Aguirre had a 34 year banking career; retiring as President of Bank of America’s International Private Bank. Spain conferred upon Ambassador Aguirre the Order of Isabella the Catholic - Grand Cross. He also has been 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 has received “honoris causa” doctorates from the University of Houston, the University of Connecticut, and the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago, Dominican Republic. Ambassador Aguirre served on the University of Houston System Board of Regents (1995 – 2001 / Chairman 1996 – 1998).