ANNUAL REPORT
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


JOSÉ DOMINGO DE AMPUERO

CHAIRMAN

Executive Director

Industrial Engineering from the Bilbao’s Higher School of Industrial Engineers and Master of Business Administration. University of Southern California. Los Angeles. U.S.A.

His extensive professional career has led him to occupy various positions of responsibility, such as deputy Chairman of Naviera Vizcaino, Chairman of S.A Foods, deputy Chairman of BBVA Bancomer (Mexico), Chairman of Bodegas y Bebidas, Vice Chairman of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA, Deputy Chairman of Iberdrola, Iberdrola, Chairman of Cementos Lemona S.A., and member of the Association for the Advancement of Management.

He is currently Chairman of Autopista Vasco-Aragonesa and director of Corporación Financiera Alba, and Tubacex S.A.

He is member and former Chairman of the Basque Business Circle, and of the Charity Board of the “Santa y Real Casa de Misericordia” of Bilbao. 

He is Executive Chairman of Viscofan, S.A., and of its Delegated Committee.

NÉSTOR BASTERRA

FIRST VICE CHAIRMAN

Other External Director

Law degree and Economics graduate from the University of Deusto. He also holds an MBA from IESE

He spent most of his career working in corporate banking both internationally and in Spain as responsible in capital market and corporate department in Bank of America and Banco Santander. 

He is currently Vice-president of Iberpapel Gestion SA, partner and member of the  BOARD OF DIRECTORS of Amistra SGC, S.A.

He is member of the Board of Directors of Viscofan, S.A, and member of its Delegated Committee.

ÁGATHA ECHEVARRÍA

SECOND VICE CHAIRWOMAN

Other External Director

Law degree from ICADE (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas) and a Business Studies graduate from the same university.

She has broad professional experience in a number of multinationals, including the audit firm Touche & Ross, S.A., British Petroleum España, S.A. and the investment bank Charterhouse Limited in which she was Managing Director and Director of its Spanish subsidiary and founder and director of D+A Documentación y Análisis S.A. 

She has acted as a business strategy adviser to family firms and currently she is member of the BOARD OF DIRECTORS of Papelera Guipuzcoana de Zicuñaga S.A.

She is Second Vice Chairwoman of Viscofan, S.A., and member of its Delegated Committee.

JOSÉ ANTONIO CANALES

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Executive Director

Degree in Economics and Business from Deusto Business School (Bilbao) and has completed an advanced course of studies in International Transport & Distribution at the London School of Foreign Trade.

Mr. José Antonio Canales García has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the casing business as a result of his experience obtained in the Group which he joined in 1996 as General Manager of Viscofan do Brazil, leading the expansion of Viscofan Group in South America until his appointment in 2006 as General Manager of Viscofan S.A and its subsidiary companies. He continues to hold this position today and he has been a key contributor to reinforce Viscofan leadership worldwide and international expansion.

He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Maxam Corporation Holding, S.L.

In 2014 he joined the Board of Directors of Viscofan S.A. as Executive Director.

ALEJANDRO LEGARDA

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Industrial engineering graduate from the Escuela Superior de Ingenieros Industriales in San Sebastian . Master in Economics and Business Administration from IESE (Barcelona) and Doctor in innovation economics from the Politécnica University of Madrid. 

With broad experience in industry, in 1989 he was appointed Financial and Administrative Director of Construcciones Auxiliares de Ferrocarriles, S.A. (CAF) where he subsequently became General Managing Director in 1992 until 2014, and board member from then onwards, and was appointed an Independent Director of Pescanova, S.A. in 2013.

He joined the Board of Directors of Viscofan,S.A. as an Independent Director in 2006, became a member of the Audit Committee in 2007 and is now its Chairman.

IGNACIO MARCO-GARDOQUI

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Economics degree from Deusto University.

Mr. Marco Gardoqui has a long professional career, he has worked for financial institutions, and his activities have covered teaching, consulting, and the press world, where he has a strong reputation for his active contribution as economic expert and columnist; he belongs to the Publishing Committee of Vocento Group. 

He also has developed wide experience in several industrial companies, belonging to several Board of Directors; currently he is Director of, Progénika Biopharma, Minerales y Productos Derivados, Tubacex SA and Iberdrola Ingeniería y construcción (Iberinco) SA.

Previously, he has belonged, among others, to the Board of Directors of Técnicas Reunidas, Banco de Comercio, IBV, Banco de Crédito Local, Schneider Electric España and was Chairman of Naturgás.

He is member of the Board of Directors of Viscofan, S.A, chairman of its Appointments and Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit Committee.

LAURA GONZÁLEZ-MOLERO

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Chairman of Bayer Healthcare Latin America and Independent Director of the Leche Pascual Group.

Since June 2014, and based in the USA, she has directed the operations of the Bayer Healthcare Group Division. Before joining this company, she chaired Merck’s pharmaceutical division, based in Brazil, from January 2012 onwards. Likewise, she headed the process to merge the Merck Group with the biotech company Serono in 2007, an entity in which she had held a number of executive positions since 1999 and, at the time of the merger with the Merck group, she held the post of Vice-Chair of Serono Iberia and Scandinavian Countries.

She was the Managing Director of Essex Pharmaceuticals of the Schering-Plough Group and of the Pharmaceuticals Laboratory Guerbert S.A, as well as the sales director of Roche Iberia S.A.

She is currently a member of the National Board of Directors of ApD and Director of the Adecco Foundation. In the course of her career, she has received a number of prizes and awards, in recognition of her work as an outstanding director.

She is member of the Board of Directors of Viscofan, S.A.

JAIME REAL DE ASÚA

INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR

Degree in Industrial Engineering, specialising in Industrial Organisation from the ETSII (Bilbao).

He is currently Vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of Elecnor, S.A, member of its Delegated Committee and member and secretary of the Appointments and Remuneration Committee. 

Moreover, he is member of the Board of Director of Enerfín Enverventos S.A. and Deimoss Space S.L.U. Both companies form part of Elecnor Group. He has been President and Director of Adhorna Prefabricación SA until 2015 when it wa owner by Elecnor S.A.

He is member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of Cantiles XXI S. and from 1987 to 2012, he was director of Internacional de Desarrollo Energético, S.A. (IDDE).

At the same time from 1981 to 2011, he was linked to Cementos Portland Valderrivas Group, were he held different management positions and was member of the Board of Directors of a number of its companies.

He is member of the Board of Directors of Viscofan, S.A, and member of its Appointments and Remuneration Committee.

JUAN MARCH

DOMINICAL DIRECTOR

Degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

He also completed the Global Market Training Program at J.P. Morgan, and the Owner/President Management Program of the Harvard Business School. 

He gained his work experience at J.P. Morgan, London/Madrid. He was Managing Director and Chairman of March Gestión de Fondos SGIIC, Madrid. 

He is currently Executive Chairman of Banca March S.A. and Vice-chairman of Corporación Financiera Alba S.A. Furthermore, he is a director and member of the Strategy Committee of Indra Sistemas, S.A., and Board member of the Juan March Foundation. 

He has been a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of ACS and member of the Board of Acerinox, S.A.

Nominee Director in Viscofan representing Corporación Financiera Alba S.A.

He is member of the Board of Directors of Viscofan, S.A, and member of its Appointment and Retribution Committee.

JOSÉ MARÍA ALDECOA

LEAD INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR 

Graduate in Technical Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Mondragón. PADE Graduate from the Executive Management Programme at IESE.

Throughout his long professional career, he has held various posts at COPRECI (1971-1982). He was Managing Director of FAGOR ELECTRÓNICA and member of the Board of Directors of Fagor, S. Coop. (1982-1991). 

Between 1984 and 1991, he was Vice-Chairman of ANIEL (National Association of Electronic Industries) and Chairman of the Components Board. He was also member of the Board of Directors of the European Electronic Components Association (EECA) between 1986 and 1991. 

Between 1992 and 2012, he held various positions at MONDRAGÓN CORPORACIÓN and, in 2007, he was appointed Chairman of the General Board, a position he held until July 2012. 

He has a wealth of experience in the international industrial world, especially in Asia, including the creation of Fagor Electrónica in Hong Kong, the integration of the production plants of Orkli, Orbea, Mondragón Automoción in the industrial park of Kunshan, China and the opening of the (industrial Park) of Pune in India. He has sat on the Board of Directors of various automotive and components companies (Copreci-Czech Republic, Copreci-Mexico, Vitorio Luzuriaga, Fagor Ederlan-Brazil, ParanoaCicautxo-Brazil, FPK, Fagor Ederlan-Slovakia), and director (1992-2006) and Chairman (2007-2012) of Mondragón Inversiones.

He was also Chairman of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Mondragón (1998-2002).

He is currently an independent director and member of the Delegate Committee of Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica, S.A.

He is member of the Board of Directors of Viscofan, S.A and member of its Audit Committee. In 2014 he was appointed as Lead Independent Director.

JUAN MARÍA ZUZA

SECRETARY NON-DIRECTOR  

Law degree from the Universidad de Navarra.

Practising lawyer with his own law office, working mainly in the area of civil and mercantile private litigation, and qualified in Navarre Local Law. He has been a faculty member of the two law schools, Escuelas de Práctica Jurídica, in Navarra since they were first created.

He is on the list of arbitrators in mercantile law of the Arbitration Court of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Navarre and has been Treasurer for the governing committee of the professional association of lawyers (Colegio de Abogados) in Pamplona for ten years.

He was board member of the University-Society Foundation and Director of the Guarantees Commission of the Faculty of Law of the Public University of Navarra.

He has experience as a legal advisor to, and member of, many boards of directors as secretary.

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