Carlos Peñalba, Product Manager in A Coruña, Spain
Carlos Peñalba

Product Manager in A Coruña, Spain

Member since February 3, 2019
Carlos has designed and successfully launched software products serving the investment banking industry. As Product Manager, he has led a global team of 50 people to deliver analytic solutions for very demanding clients. Coming from a business background, he has worked closely with marketing and sales to commercialize innovative software products. As director of global operations, he has also brought excellence to all the company's processes.
Carlos is now available for hire

Project Highlights




  • Author & Photographer

    2011 - 2018
    • Published a book in English and Spanish about my own travel experience after exploring Asia for 18 months.
    • Had many of my travel photos published by, amongst others, NatGeo Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler, Backpacker Magazine, Doctors without Borders, The Financial Times, Garuda Indonesia, and Macmillan Publishers.
  • Director of Global Operations

    2007 - 2009
    • Worked closely with area directors to design, improve and implement all the company's global operations.
    • Reviewed and improved all the client relations activity, including the implementation of a new CRM system.
    • Coordinated with product managers the standardisation of all development operations, from product design to its launch.
    • Reviewed and implement with HR new recruiting processes across all departments.
  • Product Manager

    2004 - 2006
    • Managed the M&A analytics product, an analytical tool for investment bankers and financial advisers in the space of global mergers and acquisitions.
    • Implemented an algorithm that estimated the revenue generated by investment banks on their M&A activity.
    • Designed and implemented the rolling of the relevant M&A data to our strategy manager product, a high-end tool for investment banking top managers.
    • Worked closely with the sales and marketing team to establish, grow, and maintain relationships with top investment banks.
    • Designed and implemented client post-sales training and support.
  • Senior Business Analyst

    2003 - 2004
    • Formed part of a small group of senior analysts in charge of developing a new product for investment banks called Strategy Manager.
    • Defined client needs from the M&A perspective by talking to top M&A bankers.
    • Designed and implemented the process of data flowing from the M&A Analytics product into Strategy Manager.
    • Presented the product at top investment banks during the design and pilot process, as well as during its launch.
  • Research Manager

    1999 - 2003
    • Led a team of researchers in Europe and Asia following M&A activity.
    • Designed and implemented an internal new data entry system for the team.
    • Established research guidelines.
    • Recruited and trained staff.
  • Analyst

    1997 - 1999
    • Researched M&A activity in France, Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.
    • Acted as the co-editor and contributor to M&A Review, a magazine for clients covering M&A activity worldwide.

Project History

  • Strategy Manager Product for Investment Banks
    Successfully design and launch an innovative product for investment banks to monitor their own performance.

    As part of a huge team effort with three other product managers, we successfully created a new innovative analytical tool for investment banks. The Strategy Manager product allowed investment banks' top management not only to monitor their competitors' worldwide activity in the IB arena but also estimate their revenues and analyze both across areas, industries, geographies, and many more data points. The challenge was not only to design the product itself but also to integrate data coming from four different products covering equities, debt, and mergers and acquisitions into one. The product allowed investment banks to tailor their analysis as well as introduce their own private data for a complete more reliable analysis.

  • Creation and Launch of M&A Analytics Product
    Responsible for rolling two products into one to create a global M&A analytical product for investment bankers.

    Merged two legacy products (one serving the US, the other the rest of the world) into one offering online worldwide analytical tools in the M&A area. Worked closely with global investment banks, the new online system provided bankers with the ability to create personal searches and reports that could be saved and even automatized to be delivered weekly or monthly, as well as to access original transaction documentation when available.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration (Marketing)
    1987 - 1992
    Universidad del Pais Vasco - Spain

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