The Board of Directors of PRISA, which today met in Madrid, has approved the appointment of five new directors. They are the Mexican economist and businesswoman Sonia Dulá, the Mexican economist and politician Francisco Gil, the politician and businessman Javier Gomez- Navarro, the businessman and lawyer Javier de Jaime, and the entrepreneur and technology expert Javier Monzón. They join the new Board of Directors following the changes announced by the company last week after its Shareholders’ Meeting.
(Mexico City, 1972) Sonia Dulá is an economist and entrepreneur and is Vice Chairman at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to this position, she was head of Latin America Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch and head of Corporate and Investment Banking for Latin America, where she led several high profile transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public equity issues and debt and corporate loans.
Dulá began her career at Pemex in Mexico. She worked for nine years at Goldman Sachs, holding a range of top-level positions. Based in London, she was responsible for corporate and government clients in Spain, Italy and Portugal, and she headed the privatization of Telefonica, Endesa and Repsol of Spain and Telmex in Mexico.
Before joining Merrill Lynch, Ms Dulá was working for PRISA as CEO of Grupo Latino de Radio (PRISA), a company with more than 500 radio stations in Latin America and the US Hispanic market. She was previously CEO of Telemundo Studios Mexico, co- founder of Internet Group of Brazil, and founder of the first online portal for Latin American women, Obsidiana.
Ms. Dulá has been a member of Young Presidents Organization and served on the board of Women’s World Banking, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Management Board. She was a member of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council of Bank of America. She is currently a board member of the Council of the Americas and life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dulá is ranked in sixth place on Fortune's list of 50 Most Powerful Latinas (2017). She was also named among the 100 Most Influential Leaders by Hispanic Business magazine (2011) and the top 30 Business Women by the weekly Latin Business Chronicle (2012).
(Mexico City, 1943) An economist and politician, Francisco Gil Díaz is chairman of Avanzia Group, a subsidiary of ACS, and Chairman of Telefónica Mexico.
He headed the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit during the administration of President Vicente Fox. Previously, he was Chair and CEO of Avantel, a telecommunications company and a member of the Board of Governors of Banco de Mexico.
The academic track of Mr. Gil Díaz includes being a Professor at ITAM, which named him Professor Emeritus and Doctor Honoris Causa, and he has taught at the Universidad Iberoamericana and at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He has also lectured at a number of US universities such as Columbia, Harvard and Stanford, and business schools such as the London School of Economics, the Instituto Panamericano Business School and the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid.
He has published research on issues that range from monetary policy and the causes of the Latin American crisis to the deregulation of markets in both books and international magazines.
He serves as an independent director at Bancomer, Telefónica México, the Mexican Stock Exchange, and he is a member of several advisory boards, such as Fiat Chrysler of Mexico between others.
Gil Díaz in a prominent philanthropist, President of Dispensario Tonantzin, Board Member of the Dolores Olmedo Museum, the Rodolfo Diaz Perches Foundation for the care of cancer patients, and the Mexican Council for Philanthropy.
(Madrid, 1945) A leading politician and businessman. Gomez-Navarro was a founding shareholder of El País and manager of Cuadernos para el Diálogo, the influential cultural and political magazine, which played a key role in Spain’s transition to democracy. In 1979, he was also active in the creation of the Ortega y Gasset Foundation. He also was active in setting up LIBER, the Professional Book Fair.
One of his most important contributions has been to the tourism sector in Spain, with the launching of the International Tourism Fair (FITUR), which he co-chaired in its early years. He served on its Board of Directors until 2000.
In January 1983 he was appointed CEO of Viajes Marsans. He was subsequently active in founding the airline Spanair.
In January 1987 he was appointed Secretary of State for Sports, and was entrusted with the organization of the Olympic Games in Barcelona. He was instrumental in the Sports Act of 1990 which led to a complete overhaul of Spanish sport.
In 1993, he was appointed Spain’s Minister of Trade and Tourism and International Cooperation. He also was behind the new Trade Act, which regulates the retail trade in Spain ands which modernized the commercial distribution sector.
Between April 2005 and July 2012 he was Executive Chairman of Aldeasa and he currently heads MBD, a company dedicated to business consulting, mergers and acquisitions.
(Madrid, 1964) Lawyer. Managing Partner of CVC Capital Partners and responsible for the offices in Spain and Italy. Javier de Jaime joined CVC in 1997 as Managing Director and during his tenure there oversaw a number major acquisitions.
He also worked at the British company 3i, where he held the positions of Investment Controller for the UK and Regional Director in Madrid.
He holds a law degree from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE) and an MBA from the University of Houston.
(Madrid, 1956) is a recognized entrepreneur and economist, with expertise in finance and technology. He was Director of Corporate Banking at Caja Madrid and managing partner of Arthur Andersen in Corporate Finance Consulting Services. He has also held the positions of CFO and Executive Vice President of Telefonica, and has been at the helm of its Corporate Development and International Operations, as well as President of Telefonica Internacional.
He was Chairman and CEO of Indra since its creation in 1993 until January 2015 and he is currently member of the Board of Santander Spain. He is also member of the Board and Chairman of the Compensation Committee of Ferroglobe, and member of the Supervisory Board of Lagardère. He has been a director of ACS for twelve years, serving as director of ACS Servicios y Concesiones. He is also an investor and advisor to startups in the areas of technology and venture funds.
Javier Monzón is firmly committed to a number of non-profit organization that support entrepreneurship, education and innovation. He has been Vice Chairman of the Board of the Carlos III University and is currently Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Program for Knowledge and Development at the CyD Foundation, as well as a director of Endeavor Spain and member of the International Advisory Council of Brookings.
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