Government Board


Jaime Malet

Telam Global Partners, President

CEO of TELAM Global Partners (TGP), a cross-border financial advisory firm in infrastructure and energy (

Chairman of the AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN SPAIN (AmChamSpain since 2002, consistently re-elected once every three years by the members (last May 2017). Founded 100 years ago, in 1917, and member of Amchams’ worldwide network, AmChamSpain has around 280 member companies – large US multinationals, most of the largest Spanish corporations and SMEs from both countries - which have a combined turnover just in Spain equal to 24% of the Spanish GDP. Throughout his long term in office, Mr. Malet has re-built entirely the entity. Today AmchamSpain is not only a key actor in the US-Spain business and political relations, but also one of the leading business advocacy groups with more than 350 high level executives of member companies working pro bono in 12 different committees. AmchamSpain is a strong voice towards a more competitive, productive and international model for the Spanish economy.

Chairman of the Board of Advisors of Zurich Insurance Group for Spain; Senior Advisor of CISCO Systems for Latam; Senior Advisor Grupo Consentino for USA; Senior Advisor of Indra Systems; member BoA ISS Facility Services Spain.

Mr. Malet is Member of the World Economic Forum experts network since 2012 (; Senior advisor of Concordia (; Member of the Board of Advisors – Consejo de Acción Empresarial - of CEOE (Spanish Employers Association); Member of the International Advisory Council of APCO Worldwide from 2009 ( Member of the Board of Trustees of the Spanish-US Council from 2002 (; Member of the Board of Advisors of Fomento del Trabajo from 2005; Member of the at large BoD of IESE Alumni (business school) from 2001.

Formerly with NextEra Energy / Florida Power (Senior Advisor for Europe 2009-2017), Alvarez & Marsal (Spain 2010-2014), 32 Advisors (Strategic Partner 2013-2017); Tyco Electronics (Spain 2011-2014), Betfair (Spain 2007-2014), Beckton Dickinson (Spain 2008-2011), Air Products (Spain 2012-2014), Sacyr Vallehermoso (USA and Panama from 2006 to 2009); T-Systems (Spain 2002-2008), etc.

Mr. Malet holds a Law Degree (JD) at the University of Barcelona Law School (1982-1987); a Master’s Degree (LL.M.) in International Law and Economics at the University of Houston Law School (1987-1989); a Master’s Degree (AGT) in Tax at ESADE business School; and a Senior Advanced Business Program (PADE) at IESE Business School (2001-2002). He started his career in Arthur Andersen.

He is happily married since 1997 and proud father of two children.

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Fernando Abril-Martorell

Indra, President

A graduate in Law and Business Administration from ICADE (Madrid), he is the Chairman of Indra since January 2015.

He has worked in different companies and financial institutions. Between 2011 and 2014 he was the CEO of Grupo Prisa. Between 2005 and 2011 he was CEO at Credit Suisse in Spain and Portugal. He was Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Telefónica in 2000-2003. Abril-Martorell has extensive financial experience as Managing Director and Treasurer at JP Morgan in Spain, where we worked for 10 years before joining Telefónica. He is currently a member of Boards of Directors of Ence.

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Alejandro Beltrán

McKinsey & Company, Managing Partner, Spain and Portugal

Since joining the Firm in 1998 he has worked for several leading international companies, mainly in the areas of corporate finance and strategy and in the Telecommunications and Banking & Infrastructure industries.

In the past he was a member of the leadership team of the Corporate Finance and Strategy practice. Lead this practice in Iberia for 3 years. He is also leading the relations and work with the Public Sector in Spain, where McKinsey has advised in a wide range of keys fronts and areas. Alejandro Beltrán holds a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Universidad de Navarra and MBA at IESE. Before starting his professional career at McKinsey, he worked in the construction and real estate industry.

At present he is also board member of some non-profit foundations.

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Jordi Botifoll

Cisco, Presidente LATAM

Jordi Botifoll oversees Cisco’s Latin American Theater, comprised of 45 countries and territories. Chuck Robbins, Cisco CEO quoted in his press release announcement, "Jordi’s track record in leading change, promoting innovation, creating high performance teams and building strong relationships with business and government leaders make him the ideal choice to lead the team in Latin America for Cisco.”

For over 25 years, Botifoll, a visionary in business strategy, technology architectures and country digitization, has driven growth and innovation in the geographies he has served. Botifoll is globally recognized for his leadership expertise in digitizing governments, cities and industries. He has focused on revolutionizing government efficiencies, national competitiveness and social inclusion, including improved citizen services, smart cities, connected industries, education, healthcare, and public safety.

During his 18+ years at Cisco, Botifoll has led or contributed to multiple international projects across market segments with an emphasis in country transformation assignments. In Latin America, he has led or contributed to country transformation projects, with an emphasis on digital, in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Chile, and the Caribbean.

Botifoll’s multi-cultural leadership strategy of inclusion and diversity has been recognized externally by the Great Place to Work Institute, where Botifoll and his teams have achieved #1 & #2 IT company status across several countries in Europe and Latin America. And in 2017 he was named ‘Top Geography Great Leader in Latin America’ by the Great Place to Work Institute.

His industry expertise, combined with his passion for country transformation has also earned him several Cisco accommodations and awards including VP of the Year and GM of the Year. Additionally, Botifoll has been the recipient of prestigious industry awards such as, The Hispanic IT Executive Council’s “HITEC 50” – 50 most influential executives in the IT industry.

Botifoll’s global industry impact, combined with his work with the Cisco Networking Academy, is inspiring the next generation of IT leaders with skills that will close today’s digital gap and create the digital economy of tomorrow.

Prior to joining Cisco, Botifoll served as General Manager for the business market segment at Retevision, the second-largest Spanish service provider, as well as held leadership positions at Lotus Development Software, IBM and NCR.

Botifoll earned an electronic engineering degree from the Escuela Superior de Telecomunicaciones and a Master’s degree in business administration. In 2002, he received a Master’s degree from the Stanford Executive Program (SEP) at Stanford University.

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Helena Herrero

HP Inc., President

Helena Herrero is President and CEO of HP for Spain and Portugal since July 2012. Besides, she holds the role of General Manager of Printing and Personal Systems (PPS) for Iberia region.

She has been Vice-president of HP Spain and Portugal, and member of the Board of Directors since 2002. Previously, and since she joined HP in 1982, Helena has covered different management positions in HP in various segments like Consumer, Public Sector, Large Accounts and Small & Medium Business. Additionally, she has been responsible for the development of HP channel and distribution organization for all products in Spain and Portugal.

In addition to her executive responsibilities, Helena Herrero actively participates in prominent business, governmental, social and cultural forums. Helena is a trustee and chairs the Fundación I+E Innovación España whose main mission is to contribute to a favourable climate for international investment in R & D and innovation in Spain. She is a member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce, member of the Board of the American Business Council, trustee of the Fundación Consejo España- EEUU, member of the Business Advisory Council of the Spanish Confederation of Employers (CEOE) and a member of APD (Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección). Helena is also a trustee of FUNDETEC and was appointed president from 2010 to 2012. FUNDETEC is a non-profit foundation that encourages the development and usage of Information and communication technologies by citizens and SMBS. Also she serves on the Board of Junior Achievement, she is member of the patronage of the Royal Theatre of Madrid and represents HP in several women and management forums in the country.

She has been named “Executive of the Year 2013” both by FEDEPE and the Executives magazine.

Helena was born in Madrid, Spain, is married and mother of children and holds a chemical sciences degree from Madrid Complutense University. She also holds Management and postgraduate degree from INSEAD and IESE.

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Luis Isasi

Morgan Stanley, President and Country Head

Luis Isasi is Country Head and Chairman of Morgan Stanley, S.V., S.A.U. and Morgan Stanley Spanish Holdings, S.L. Board Member of Grifols, and Madrileña de Gas, and Vice Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain.

He joined Morgan Stanley as a Vice President in 1987. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley he worked first as Assistant Treasurer in the Latin American Department of Morgan Guaranty and then, from 1984, as a Vice President of First Chicago Ltd. with responsibility for investment banking in Spain and Portugal.

Luis Isasi graduated from the University of Seville with a degree in Business Administration in 1978. He has an MBA from Columbia University (Beta Gamma Sigma) in 1982.

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Simón Amselem

The Walt Disney Company, Country Manager to Spain and Portugal

Simon Amselem was appointed Senior Vice-President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Spain and Portugal in November 2009. In this capacity, he leads the integrated organisation and has full responsibility for all company activities in this region.

Since he joined Disney in 1996, Simon has held a number of senior positions within the company in three different countries.

During 2008 and 2009, based in London, he was Senior Vice-President Channel and Sports Distribution Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), leading the team in charge of managing platform relationships and conducting carriage deal negotiations for Disney and ESPN television channels in EMEA.

Between 2005 and 2008, as Senior Vice-President and Managing Director Disney Television France, he was responsible for operating and distributing Disney channels in French speaking territories.

In 1997, he was appointed Vice-President and Managing Director Disney Branded Television Iberia; in this role, he managed the launch of Disney Channel Spain in 1998 and then the launches of Playhouse Disney and Toon Disney in Spain and Disney Channel Portugal in 2001.

Simon joined Disney from Capital Cities / ABC, where he was Vice-President European Operations ABC Cable and International Broadcast during 1995 and 1996. Prior to this, he was a founding partner of the consulting and investment company Iberacción, S.A. in Madrid (1989-1995) and had worked for two years as a Corporate Finance Associate at Shearson Lehman Brothers in New York City, after obtaining an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 1987.

Simon is fluent in 4 languages (English, Spanish, French and Portuguese); he is married and has three children.

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Roberto Anta

3M, General Country Manager

Executive with 20+ years of experience in Strategy, Corporate Development, Business Management, Sales & Marketing and Financial functions, developed in leading companies in international environments, with a deep knowledge of multiple industries (healthcare, industrial, FMCG, telecommunications and media). Steering Committee member, with direct interaction with top management and a proven track record in leading and developing businesses and organizations in volatile and complex environments. Industrial engineer by ICAI University (major in Management), holding a master’s degree by IESE Business School, with strategic mindset, transformational leadership, high-performance team building skills and a solid capacity of execution, as core competences.

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Joaquín Arenas

Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, President to Spain and Portugal

Country Executive and Head of Corporate & Investment Banking Spain and Portugal.

Joaquin fué nombrado Country Executive and Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for Spain and Portugal en mayo de 2013.

Antes de ingresar en Bank of America Merrill Lynch trabajó 22 años en Morgan Stanley, donde ocupó el cargo de Head of Investment Banking Spain & Portugal desde 2007.

Joaquin es licenciado en Derecho y Administración de Empresas por ICADE y tiene un MBA por la Universidad de Columbia en New York.

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Paloma Beamonte

Xerox, President and CEO

Paloma Beamonte took office in January 2010 as the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox España. Since then, her main objective has been “growth”, maintaining Xerox's leadership in both large accounts and SMBs, despite the current difficult economic times. To meet this challenge her strategy has been to redirect the company's focus towards the document outsourcing services, providing business processes that make intensive use of documents, this strategy was initiated several years ago and driven further more by the acquisition of ACS (Affiliated Computer Services) in 2010.

Throughout her career, Paloma Beamonte acquired an extensive experience in managing human capital over various leadership positions held. In 2000, she was appointed Director of Human Resources and developed several programs of 'coaching' and 'mentoring' to maximize the skills and abilities of all employees. Furthermore, she has also helped in maintaining the global strategy on diversity of Xerox with the development of various programs, such as flexible working hours program or the accumulation of nursing hours to increase the period of maternity leave. Thanks to these and many other programs directed and launched by Paloma, Xerox Spain was awarded this year the ‘Distintivo de Igualdad’ (Equality distinction award) by the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Policy and Equality (only 36 out of 600 companies presented were able to achieved this distinction).

At the present time Paloma Beamonte is the only woman CEO in Xerox Europe, nonetheless, Xerox is a company with a known outstanding tradition of incorporating women in senior leadership positions, as our current Global CEO is Ursula Burns, who in time was succeeded by another woman, Anne Mulcahy, architect of Xerox’s great change to a global services oriented strategy. Paloma’s career at Xerox clearly reflects the company’s philosophy "to nourish talent", as she began working for the company in 1990 as a commercial agent, since then he has been responsible for various areas, amongst them as the managing director of Human Resources, of the Outsourcing Services division and Commercial Channels Distribution.

Paloma is from Madrid, mother to three children, and has an experience of working in the IT Sector for over 20 years with an in-depth knowledge of the Spanish market. She graduated in Advertising and Public Relations at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. From her personality, one would highlight her enormous vitality and her commitment to diversity and equal opportunity, independently of gender.

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Jon Bilbao

Dow, General Director of Spain and Portugal

Jon Bilbao is General Manager of Dow for Spain and Portugal and Sales Director Western Europe for Dow Industrial Solutions. Jon joined Dow in Barcelona in 1985 as Acount Manager for Specialty Plastics and Films business. Between 1985 and 1991, he held various sales positions in Specialty Chemicals and Emulsion Polymers. In 1992, Bilbao moved to Horgen, Switzerland, as Product Marketing Manager for Cellulose Ethers and Surfactants for the European area. In 1997, he moved to Madrid, Spain, as Product Marketing Manager for Methyl Cellulosics for Europe and Latin America. Since 2000, Bilbao has held several Sales Director positions in Latex, Basic Chemicals and Performance Chemicals. In 2014, he was named Sales Director Western Europe for Dow Industrial Solutions and, in March of 2018, he expanded his responsilibities assuming the role of General Manager for Spain and Portugal. Bilbao is a licentiate in Economic and Managerial Sciences by the Universidad Comercial de Deusto, in Bilbao.

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Irene Cano

Facebook, Directora General

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Demetrio Carceller

Damm S.A., President

1989-1991 Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, Carolina del Norte (EEUU). Master of Business Administration

1980-1985 Universidad Complutense (C.U.N.E.F.) Madrid. Degree Economy & Business

Professional experience
Held positions
Executive Chairman and CEO of S.A. Damm and Corporación Económica Damm, S.A.
Chairman of Damm Foundation.
Chairman and CEO of Disa Corporación Petrolífera, S.A.
Chairman and CEO of Disa Península, S.L.U. (ex-Shell)
Chairman and CEO of Syocsa-Inarsa, S.A
Chairman and CEO of Disa Suministros y Trading S.L.U
Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Sacyr-Vallehermoso
Member of the Board of Directors of Vallehermoso División Promoción, S.A.U
Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Ebro Foods, S.A.
Member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Gas Natural
Protectors of the Royal Opera Theatre (Madrid)
President of the Brewers of Europe

2011-2012 Member of the Board of Directors of Deoleo, S.A.

2009-2011 Vice-President of the Brewers of Europe

2005-2011 Member of the Board of Directors of Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos CHL, S.A.

1993-2005 Member of the Board of Directors of Compañía Española de Petróleos, S.A. (CEPSA)

1997-2001 President of Cerveceros de España

1997-2001 President of SAE de Fomento del Lúpulo

1995-2001 Member of the Board of Directors of Hidroeléctrica del Cantábrico, S.A and member of the Permanent Committee

1995-2001 Member of the Board of Directors of Gas Asturias, S.A.

1991-1993 Mckinsey & Co. – Consultant.

1985-1989 Banco Santander de Negocios

Languages Skills
Spanish Mother tongue
German Bilingual

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Benedetta Cossarini

AIG Europe Limited Spain & Portugal, President

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Jose María de la Torre

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, President

José María de la Torre is the Managing Director for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Southern Europe and President for Spain.

José María is a senior executive with 30 years of experience within the IT industry. He joined Compaq in 1999 as Personal Systems Group Director. Since then, he has covered different senior management positions in HP. He is the Managing Director of Hewlett Packard Enterprise since August 1st,, 2015.

Prior to joining HP, José María has held several leadership positions in marketing and sales organizations in Zenith (Bull), Fujitsu ICL, Toshiba Personal Computer; Jose Maria started his career as consultant in Arthur Andersen (Accenture).

In his managing director role José María represents Hewlett Packard Enterprise in relevant business and leadership fora. He is a member of the Board of the Spanish American Chamber of Commerce, member of the Advisory Council of the Spanish Confederation of Employers (CEOE), member of the American Business Council, member of the Advisory Council of the Spanish Consulting Association (AEC) and member of the Advisory Council of Alumni, Complutense University in Madrid.

José María holds a Master’s Degree in Physics & Computing Sciences from Madrid Complutense University, and has completed executive programs in the UK and US. He was born in Madrid, Spain, and he is married and father of two; he enjoys playing electric guitar with friends and running popular long distance races.

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Ignacio Gutiérrez-Orrantia

Citi Banking, Chairman of Continental Europe Banking Capital Markets and Advisory

PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Citi, 2004-ytd. Madrid, Spain (2006-ytd); London, United Kingdom (2004-2006). Head of Iberian Group. Global Banking(Corporate/Investment Bank). Member of Citi Spain Board of Directors. Merrill Lynch, 2002-2004. London, United Kingdom. Director, Investment Banking Division, Head Iberian Energy/Power. Goldman Sachs, 1995-2002. London, United Kingdom. Executive Director Investment Banking Division Iberian Team. EDUCATION: Universidad Comercial de Deusto, Business Administration. London and NY, Series7 and SFA licenses, 1998.

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José Manuel González-Páramo

BBVA. Executive Board Director

José M. González-Páramo is Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. in Economics from Columbia University. He also holds a Ph.D. from Universidad Complutense. In 1988 he was appointed Professor of Economics at UCM and from September 2012 he is a Professor at IESE Business School. From 1985 to 1994 he was an economic adviser to various public and private institutions including the Banco de España (1989-1994), the European Commission, the IMF and the World Bank Group. He served as a member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) from 2004 to 2012. He was a member of the Governing Council of Bank of Spain (1994-2004) and of its Executive Committee (1998-2004). In June 2013 he was appointed Executive Board member of BBVA. Among other responsibilities in the group, he is the Chief Officer, Global Economics & Public Affairs, and the Chairman of its International Advisory Board. Since December 2016, he is the Europe chair of the TransAtlantic Business Council (TABC), the official business advisory group to the European Commission and U.S. administration on international trade, investment, and regulatory issues. Since February 2018 he chairs the Spain-Peru Council Foundation, a non-profit body set up with the aim of fostering relations between the two countries. He is also vice chairman of the Spain - United States of America Council Foundation. A Fulbright scholar, he is a member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences and Full Member of the Real Academia de Ciencias Morales y Políticas (Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences).

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Trinidad Jiménez

Directora, Telefónica

Trinidad Jiménez is a Spanish politician, born in Málaga in 1962. Graduated in Law at the Autonomous University of Madrid, she is an International Relations expert having the opportunity to participate in numerous political and professional conferences and rountables. She has published around a hundred of press articles, and she has travelled all over the world leading international and professional delegations.

Since February 2016, she has occupied the post of Public Affairs Global Strategy Director at Telefónica, S.A. Before joining Telefónica, she assumed the positions of PSOE’s Social Politics Secretary since July 2004; was a Member of Parliament; Speaker of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and member of the Committee on Health and Social Affairs, as well as the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Under Prime Minister Rodríguez Zapatero, Trinidad Jiménez served as Minister of Foreign Affairs (2010-2011), and as Minister of Health and Social Affairs (2009-2010). Prior to that, she served as Secretary of State for Latin America (2006-2009).

In 2003, she was the Socialist Party candidate for the City of Madrid.

In 2000, Trinidad Jiménez was elected Secretary of the International Policy of the PSOE’s Executive Board, being reelected to office in 2004.

For family reasons, between 1990-1995, she lived in Equatorial Guinea, Israel and Cameroon working as a university professor, returning to Spain returning to her political career being responsible for Political Relations with America in the Office of International Affairs of the PSOE for five years, and advisor to the Global Progress Commission of the Socialist International.

During her Law degree, in 1983 she founded the Socialist Students Organization in the Autonomous University of Madrid, joining as a member of the Spanish Socialist Political Party (PSOE) in 1984. From 1985 until 1986, she combined this activity chairing the International Relations Committee of the Youth Council of Spain.

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Alfonso Líbano

Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Co., President


Chairman of EQUATORIAL COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY, S.L. (ECCBC) (Coca-Cola franchise for the following countries: Morocco, Guinea Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Gambia, Sierra Leona, Liberia, Ghana, Algeria, and Sao Tomé & Principe).

Vice Chairman of MECC SOFT DRINKS, DMCC (ECCBC Subsidiary and Coca-Cola franchise for the territory of South Sudan)

Director of the Board & Member of the Executive Committee of COCA-COLA IBERIAN PARTNERS, S.A.(Coca-Cola Bottler for the Iberian Division; Spain, Portugal and Andorra)

Chief Executive Officer of COBEGA,S.A.(Familiar Holding)

Member of the Board of VIFILFELL HF (Coca-Cola Bottler for Iceland)

Director of DISAND, S.A.(Coca-Cola distributor in Andorra)

Member of the Board in THE COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY OF EGYPT (Coca-Cola Bottler for Egypt)

Member of the Board representing ECCBC in NORTH AFRICA BOTTLING COMPANY,S.A. (NABC) (ECCBC subsidiary and Coca-Cola franchise for Morocco)

Member of the Board representing ECCBC in FRUITAL, S.P.A. (ECCBC subsidiary and Coca-Cola franchise for Algeria)

Member of the Board representing ECCBC in THE COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY OF GHANA, LTD.(ECCBC subsidiary and Coca-Cola franchise for Ghana)



Chairman of SAHEL (Holding for tobacco, OTP and Spirits Distribution in Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, The Gambia and Equatorial Guinea)

President-Director of CONSORCIO MERCANTIL,S.A. HOLDING (Lubricant distributor: Elf, Shell, Motul…& Restaurants)

President of ABASTECEDORA BALEAR, S.A.(Automotive parts distribution and service: Firestone-Bridgestone tires)

CEO of DABA, S.A.(Exclusive Distributor of Nespresso for Spain, Andorra, Morocco, Algeria, Ghana & Senegal)

Director of SEÑORÍO DE LÍBANO, S.A. WINERY (Preparation and distribution of La Rioja Alta wines)

Member of the Board of CACAOLAT, S.L.

Founding Member & Member of the International Commission of the IEF (INSTITUTO DE LA EMPRESA FAMILIAR)

Acting President of the EFB (EUROPEAN FAMILY BUSINESS)

Board Member and Treasurer of the FBN (FAMILY BUSINESS NETWORK)

Ex Vice-President and Member of the Board of the AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE in SPAIN

Trustee of the MACBA FOUNDATION (Contemporary Art Museum of Barcelona)

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Josefina Lladós

AMGEN, Directora General España & Portugal

Fina Lladós is the Amgen Iberia General Manager since September 2017 and a member of the company's management committee since 2009. She holds a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona, a Management Development Program from IESE, a postgraduate degree in Industrial Medicine from the UAB, and a Master's Degree in the Pharmaceutical Industry from CESIF. Fina has developed a professional career of more than twenty-five years in the pharmaceutical industry. After her job in Roche and Sanofi-Aventis, she joined Amgen. Over these 20 years in Amgen she has worked in Spain and Switzerland, where the company has its European headquarters. Fina has held various positions of responsibility at Amgen in the R&D, medical and commercial areas and in different therapeutic areas ranging from Clinical Development in early stages, to leadership positions in the Medical Department, as well as Business Directions in different areas before her role as a General Manager. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of Farmaindustria, of which she is also a member of its Governing Council, and currently holds one of the Vice Presidencies of LAWG. Moreover, she is a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Spain.

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Amancio López

Presidente de HOTUSA

Amancio López Seijas – 1955 (Camporamiro – Chantada, Lugo, Spain)

He read Business Studies and completed a PDG (General Management Programme) at the EADA (School of Senior Management and Administration).

He is chairman and CEO of the Hotusa Group, a group of companies to which he has dedicated his entire professional career and has managed it since its founding in 1977.

Founded in 1977 and with its headquarters in Barcelona (Spain), the Hotusa Group is today a dynamic organization made up of many different companies working in a wide variety of areas of the tourism sector. In addition to the Eurostars Hotel Company with a portfolio of more than 153 hotels in 15 countries around the world, the organization features the top global hotel consortium, Hotusa Hotels, with more than 2,700 member hotels around the globe; the Keytel hotel representative and the Restel central hotel booking system.

He is also an independent member of the Board of Directors of Aena, vice president of Exceltur, member of the CEOE Business Advisory Board, vice president of the Permanent Commission of the CEOE Tourism Council, member of the Turespaña Advisory Board, member of the Advisory Committee of the Catalonia Employers' Federation, Foment del Treball, member of the Board of Directors of the Círculo de Economía (Economy Circle) and of the Board of Directors of CEAL Ibérica.

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Pilar López

Microsoft Spain. President

Pilar López Álvarez is the Country Manager of Microsoft Spain. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Major in Finance from ICADE University (Madrid, Spain) Pilar López has spent most of her career in Telefónica, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalization and number of customers. Prior to this, Pilar worked in a variety of roles at J.P. Morgan, the US banking corporation, in Madrid, London and New York, where she became Vice President.

Pilar López joined Telefónica in 1999, working in a number of finance and strategy positions across the European and Latin America businesses, including Financial Controller in Telefónica Móviles, Strategy Director in Telefónica de España, Chief Financial Officer of O2 Plc. based in London and Chief Financial Officer for Telefónica Europe based in Madrid.

Before joining Microsoft, Pilar López led the operational simplification program for Telefónica. She is a Non-Executive Director of Wolseley Plc, the world’s largest trade distributor of plumbing and heating products and a leading supplier of building materials. With Telefónica she served as Supervisory Board member of Telefónica Czech Republic AS and Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG. She was also member of the Board of Tuenti Technologies.

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Marta Martínez

IBM, President for Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel

Marta Martínez was appointed Country General Manager for IBM in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel in January 2013. Prior to this position, she was General Manager of IBM Global Technology Services Spain, Portugal, Greece and Israel and, since 2006, vice president of Sales for these countries.

Marta Martinez joined IBM in 2003, when she started working as a communications industry executive for Spain and Portugal. In 2008, she had an international assignment at IBM’s headquarters in the United States, being vice president of infrastructure services worldwide.

Martínez Alonso holds a degree in Mathematics from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Executive Management Program from IESE business school. She is married and has three children.

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Brian O’Hare

Claifield Corporate Finance, Managing Partner (VP and TREASURER)

Brian O'Hare is a founding partner of Clairfield Spain and Clairfield International and is currently the acting Chairman. He has advised on transactions in healthcare, business services, financial institutions, transportation, real estate and industrials among other sectors. Mr. O’Hare earned an MBA from IESE, Barcelona, Spain. He is active in several non-profit organizations. He is married and the father of 4 children. An active sportsman, he is also a member of the Technical Staff of FC Barcelona’s youth ice hockey team.

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Juan Orti

AMEX, President

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Jon Riberas

Grupo Gonvarri/Gestamp, President

Mr. Riberas is the President & CEO of Gonvarri Steel Industries since 1998. Is Co-President of Corporación Gestamp and President & CEO of Gestamp Renewables since 2007.

He has shown his commitment to environmental issues and sustainable development by creating three business units focusing on Renewable Energies: Gestamp Solar, Gestamp Wind and Gestamp Biomass.

Mr. Riberas holds a degree in Law and Business Administration from ICADE E-3 (Spain).

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María Río

GILEAD SCIENCES, Vice President & General Director

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Sergio Rodríguez

Pfizer, Country Manager

Country Manager Pfizer Spain. Sergio Rodríguez holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Universidad de Sevilla and a Master in Auditing and Business Administration, from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Before joining Pfizer, Sergio was the Finance Director of Hewlett-Packard for Spain and Portugal and he held finance responsibilities in international companies such as KPMG, Polaroid and Allied Domecq where he earned great experience in the merger and acquisition field. Since 1st April 2017 he was appointed as General Manager for Pfizer Spain after being the Finance Director of Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Austria, Greece and Israel as well as Finance Director for Primary Care Mid-Size Markets Europe when joining Pfizer in 2010.

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Richard Alan Silberstein

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados, Partner (SECRETARY)

Rick Silberstein has been a partner at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, Abogados for the past eighteen years, including five as managing partner of the firm’s office in Barcelona.  He is a member of the corporate practice area, specializing in M&A, and representing multinationals investing in Spain.  He is a member of the bars of Barcelona, Madrid and California.  Rick is very active in the American Bar Association where he occupies leadership positions in the M&A and Corporate Governance Committees of the Business Law Section.  He is married and has three children.  When he has time he spends it in his vegetable garden and cooking.

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Javier Targhetta

Atlantic Copper, Freeport McMoran, President

Javier Targhetta (Madrid, 1948), graduated as a Mining Engineer at the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 1971and was later awarded an MBA by the IESE (University of Navarra, 1987). After complementing his studies with practical work in Germany and England, he began his professional career in the field of metallurgical research, joining the AIPSA project, sponsored by the Explosivos Rio Tinto and the Tharsis Copper & Sulphur Groups.

After various senior positions in the fields of international engineering, coal trading and shipping/stevedoring, in 1985 he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Elcano, the leading Spanish shipping company. In December 1990, he joined Atlantic Copper as CEO. In 1993 Freeport‐McMoRan, Phoenix, USA) acquired 100% of Atlantic Copper and Javier Targhetta was confirmed in the position which he holds today. As from July 2005 he also holds the responsibility of Freeport‐McMoRan’s worldwide copper ores sales as Senior Vice President Marketing & Sales.

Among other responsibilities, Javier Targhetta currently is Vice President Commissioner of P.T. Smelting (Indonesia) and Associate Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Until June 2008, Javier was Chairman of the Spanish Large Energy Consumers Association and from 2007 through November 2011 he was Chairman of Eurometaux (European Association of Non‐Ferrous Metals Producers).

He is Vice Chairman of Fortia, one of Spain’s largest electric power distributors and member of the Board of Directors of MAXAM, one of the world’s leading civil explosives producers and member of the High Council of Spain’s Engineering Institute.

Javier Targhetta is fluent in English, German, French and Italian, in addition to Spanish, his mother tongue. Javier is married and has two daughters.

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Carmen Valera

BURSON COHN & WOLFE, Executive President

Executive President for Burson Cohn&Wolfe (BCW), a Company created in 2018 trought the merger of 2 WPP firms, Burson-Marsteller and Cohn and Wolfe. BCW was launched as an entity in the world of communications that offers our clients unparalleled, integrated digital solutions at all sectors globally. Throughout her more than 25 years of experience she has counseled numerous clients on marketing communications and corporate reputation, and has led a number of pan-European and international campaigns. Currently, she is member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain (AmChamSpain); member of the Executive Committee of Fundación SERES; member of the Advisory Boards of Ashoka and Fundación Hazloposible. Carmen Valera has been president of the jury of the Public Relations Section at the International Advertising Festival “El Sol”; and member of the Jury of the PR Lions Awards at the Cannes Lions Festival. She is also part of the Senior Management Program (PADE) at IESE Business School.

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U.S. Embassy

Cameron S. Werker

US Embassy, Commercial Counselor

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Christy Agor

US Embassy, Consejera Económica

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Honorary President

Ambassador Richard Duke Buchan III


Richard Duke Buchan III was sworn in by Vice President Michael R. Pence on December 11, 2017 as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra. Mr. Buchan is the Founder (2001) and CEO of Hunter Global Investors L.P., based in Palm Beach, FL (formerly in New York, NY). Hunter invests in global markets including real estate, venture capital, private equity funds and public securities. Hunter’s flagship multi-strategy fund cumulative returns since inception are approximately 2.3 times the S&P 500 Index. Prior to founding Hunter, Mr. Buchan worked at several large global financial firms based in New York City. He has travelled, lived and conducted business for over three decades in Spain and other European countries, Latin America and Asia. Mr. Buchan is involved in a number of educational and philanthropic causes. As an example, his family established The Buchan Excellence Fund, the largest single endowment at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill focused on Spanish languages, literature and culture. The Fund supports, among other things, a video exchange program between American and Spanish schoolchildren called 21st Century Pen Pals. He also recently served as Vice Chair on The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Arts and Sciences Foundation Board of Directors. Mr. Buchan is a 10th generation North Carolinian who grew up on his family’s tobacco and cattle farms. He, his wife and their children continue family traditions and manage farms that grow over 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and vegetables, and raise horses. They run a farm stand, develop new varieties of tomatoes and donate fresh produce to local charities. Mr. Buchan received a BA in economics and Spanish from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985, and a MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991. He first lived in Spain over 37 years ago. He attended La Universidad de Valencia in Valencia, Spain in 1980, and La Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain from 1983 to1984. He speaks Spanish and has a working knowledge of Catalan. Mr. Buchan’s analytical and financial management skills, his leadership in business and philanthropy, and his language skills and deep appreciation for the Spanish people and culture will serve him well in his role as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain and the Principality of Andorra.

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Eduardo Aguirre
Former US Ambassador to Spain

José Luis Bonet
Presidente de la Cámara de Comercio de España

James Costos
Former US Ambassador to Spain

Antonio Garamendi
Presidente CEOE

Enrique Iglesias
Former General Secretary of the Ibero-American Summits

Juan Lladó
President of the Fundación Consejo España-Estados Unidos

Félix Sanz Roldán
Secretary of State-Director of Spain’s National Intelligence Center (CNI), Lieutenant General, Former Chief of Staff for Defense (on leave due to his current post)

Alan D. Solomont
Former US Ambassador to Spain