Vice-Chairman of Alantra
CEO of OHL (2014-2016)
Spanish Minister of Industry, Foreign Affairs (2000-2002) and Science and Technology (2002-2003)
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Josep Piqué has always been at the forefront as a politician, economist and businessman. He has been a minister and spokesperson for the Spanish government and was the second Vice-chairman and CEO of OHL, one of Spain’s largest construction companies, from 2014 to 2016. He was Chairman of Vueling from 2007 to 2013 and was on the board of the Airbus Group, formerly EADS, until 2015.
Piqué, who holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona, is an unparalleled expert on Spanish industry. In particular, he has great knowledge of the chemical, aeronautical, automobile and technological sectors along with first-hand experience in foreign policy and internationalization.
He held senior posts in José María Aznar’s two governments: Minister of Industry (1996–2000), spokesperson for the Spanish government (1998–2000), Foreign Affairs Minister (2000–2002), and Minister of Science and Technology (2002–2003). He has been a member of Spain’s upper and lower houses of Parliament, a member of the Catalonian Parliament and President of the Catalonian People’s Party.
He gave up politics in 2007 in order to focus on the business world, where he already had considerable senior management experience. From 1988 to 1996 he held several management posts in Grupo Ercros and became Executive Chairman.
He combined heading up OHL with membership of the advisory board of Seat (Volkswagen Group) and his involvement in various organizations. He is Vice-president of the Círculo de Empresarios (Circle of entrepreneurs) and Honorary President of the Asociación para la Búsqueda de la Excelencia (Association For the Pursuit of Excellence).
Piqué also maintains an international presence as President of the Spain-Japan Council Foundation and Honorary President of the Spain-Korea Chamber of Commerce. The Emperor of Japan has presented him with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
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