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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JOSÉ DOMINGO DE AMPUERO

CHAIRMAN

Executive Director

Industrial Engineer from Bilbao’s Higher School of Industrial Engineers and Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Los Angeles. USA.

His extensive professional career has led him to hold various important positions, such as Vice-Chairman of Naviera Vizcaína, Chairman of S.A. de Alimentación, Vice-Chairman of BBVA Bancomer (México), Chairman of Bodegas y Bebidas, Vice-Chairman of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A., Vice-Chairman of Iberdrola, Chairman of Cementos Lemona S.A. and member of the Board of Directors of the Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección.

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

Amongst other business activities, he is member of the Basque Business Circle, and its former chairman, member of the Board of Caridad de la Santa y Real Casa de Misericordia of Bilbao, and its former chairman.

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

NÉSTOR BASTERRA

FIRST VICE-CHAIRMAN

External Director

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

He has spent most of his professional career working in banking, both internationally and in Spain, as head of the Capital Market and Corporate Banking departments in Bank of America and Banco Santander.

He is currently the Vice-chairman of Iberpapel Gestión S.A. and Board Member of Amistra SGIIC S.A. 

He is the First Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Viscofan S.A. and member of its Delegated Committee.

ÁGATHA ECHEVARRÍA

SECOND VICE-CHAIRWOMAN

External Director

Law degree and Business Studies graduate from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE).

She has broad professional experience in a number of multi-nationals, including the audit firm Touche and 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 is currently Director of Papelera Guipuzcoana de Zicuñaga S.A.

She is the Second Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of Directors 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, Advanced course of studies in International Transport & Distribution at the London School of Foreign Trade.

He has acquired in-depth knowledge of the casing business as a result of his experience obtained in Viscofan 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 of the Group of companies of which it is the parent. He continues to hold this position today, from which he has become a key contributor to reinforce Viscofan leadership worldwide and international expansion. 

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Maxam Corporation Holding, S.L, and board member representing Viscofan Group in Fundación Cetena (CEMITEC).

He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Asociación Centro Rafaela María de Acción Social, for the integration of people with disabilities in Vizcaya.

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

ALEJANDRO LEGARDA

Independent Director

Industrial Engineer from the Higher School of Industrial Engineers of San Sebastián. Master in Economics and Business Administration from IESE (Barcelona) and Doctor in Innovation Economics from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

With broad experience in industry, he became General Managing Director of Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A. (CAF) in 1992 until 2014, and is now a member of its Board of Directors.

He was an Independent Director of Pescanova S.A. between 2013 and 2017. 

Since 2008 he has served as chairman of the Mexican company Ferrocarriles Suburbanos S.A.P.I. de CV, dedicated to the transport of passengers in Mexico City.

From 2017 he is the Chairman of Nortegas S.A., natural gas distribution company in the north of Spain.

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

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 for Vocento Group.

He also has developed wide experience in several industrial companies, belonging to several Boards of Directors. Currently he is Director of Progénika Biopharma, Minerales y Productos Derivados and Tubacex S.A.

Previously, he has been a member, amongst others, of the Board of Directors of Técnicas Reunidas, Banco del Comercio, IBV, Banco de Crédito Local, Schneider Electric España, Iberdrola Ingeniería y Construcción (Iberinco SA) and was chairman of Naturgás.

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

JOSÉ MARÍA ALDECOA

Lead Director

Independent Director

Technical Electronic Engineer from the Polytechnic School of Mondragón. 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 was director (19922006) and Chairman (2007-2012) of Mondragón Inversiones.

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

He was an independent director and member of the Delegated 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.

JAIME REAL DE ASÚA

Independent Director

Industrial engineer, specialising in industrial organisation from the ETSII (Bilbao).

He is currently Non Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Elecnor S.A., Chairman of its Executive Committee and member of its Appointments and Remuneration Committee. 

He is also Chairman of the Infrastructures Committee of Elecnor and Director of Enerfín Enervento S.A., Enerfín Sociedad de Energía S.L., and Celeo Concesiones e Inversiones S.L.U., all of which belong to the Elecnor Group. He is also member of the Advisory Board of BBVA for the Northern region.

He has also been Chairman and Director of Adhorna Prefabricación S.A. until its takeover merger by Elecnor in 2015, and Director and secretary of Cantiles XXI S.L. Furthermore, from 1987 to 2012 he was director of Internacional de Desarrollo Energético S.A. (IDDE).

At the same time, from 1981 until 2011 he was linked to Grupo Cementos Portland Valderrivas, where he held different management positions and was a member of the Board of Directors of various companies of this Group.

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

JUAN MARCH

Nominee Director

Degree in Administration and Business Management from Universidad Carlos III of Madrid.

He has completed the Global Markets Training Program of J. P. Morgan and the Owner/President Management Program of Harvard Business School.

He has developed his professional career at J.P. Morgan, London/Madrid.

He was General Manager and Chairman of March Asset Management SGIIC, Madrid.

He is currently Executive Chairman of Banca March S.A., Vice-Chairman of Corporación Financiera Alba and Board Member of the Juan March Foundation.

Likewise, he was member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of ACS, of the Board of Directors of Acerinox, S.A and of the Strategic Committee of Indra Sistemas S.A.

Nominee Director of Viscofan, S.A, representing Corporación Financiera Alba S.A. and member of its Appointments and Remuneration Committee.

SANTIAGO DOMECQ

Nominee Director

PHe has studies at the School of Economic and Business Sciences of Universidad Pontificia ComillasICADE (Madrid) and at the School of Economic and Business Sciences of the University of Cádiz (UCA). Specialisation course in Managing Agrifood Companies (DEA) at the International Institute San Telmo (Sevilla).

Throughout his broad professional experience as a businessman he was, among others, Director of Coca-Cola Iberian Partners S.L. until 2015, and prior to that, from 1997 Director of Refrescos Envasados del Sur S.A. (RENDELSUR), company that joined Coca-Cola Iberian Partners S.L. in 2013.

Currently he is Director of Algar Aguas de Cádiz S.A., Member of the Provincial Board of Cádiz, Member of the Natural Park of Los Alcornocales and Member of the Provincial Environment Council.

He is the Sole Director of Angustias y Sol S.L. and of its group of subsidiary companies operating in the financial, agriculture and livestock sectors, among others.

Nominee Director of Viscofan, representing Angustias y Sol S.L., and member of its Audit Committee.

JUAN MARÍA ZUZA

Secretary Non-Director

Law degree from the University of Navarra.

Practising lawyer with his own law office, founded by him, ZUZA ABOGADOS. 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 in Navarre since they were first created. 

He is member of the Advisory Board of Civil Local Law of Navarre, appointed by the Lawyers’ Associations of the Autonomous Community of Navarre. 

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 also is member of Fundación Universidad-Sociedad and Member of the Guarantees Committee of the School of Legal Sciences of the Public University of Navarre.

He was awarded the Order of Merit in Law Practise by the Plenary of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers. He was also awarded the 2nd Class Distinguished Cross of the Order of St. Raimundo de Peñafort by the Ministry of Justice.

He has experience as a legal advisor to, and member of, many Boards of Directors, particularly in the role of Secretary of the Board.

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