The Board of Directors is made up of 7 directors, 5 of whom are independent and 2 are proprietary directors.
The profiles of each member of the Board of Directors are detailed below:
Jose Luis del Valle Doblado
Chairman of the Board and Independent Director
Mr. del Valle has extensive experience in the banking and energy sector. From 1988 to 2002 he held various positions with Banco Santander, one of the most relevant financial entities in Spain. In 1999 he was appointed General Manager and Financial Manager of the bank (1999-2002). Subsequently he was Development and Strategy Manager of Iberdrola, one of the main Spanish energy companies (2002-2008), Managing Director of Scottish Power (2007-2008), Strategy and Research Manager of Iberdrola (2008-2010) and Advisor to the Chairman of the aerogenerator manufacturer Gamesa (2011-2012). Currently, Mr. del Valle is Director of the insurance group Ocaso; Director of Abengoa, S.A., which provides innovative technological solutions for sustainable development; Director of Verditek Plc, an investor in clean technologies; and Director of the Instituto de Consejeros-Administradores.
Mr. José Luis is a Mining Engineer from Universidad Politécnica (Madrid, Spain), number one of his class, Master of Science and Nuclear Engineer from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA). Furthermore, Mr. del Valle holds an MBA with high honours from Harvard Business School (Boston, USA).
Pedro Luis Uriarte Santamaría
Mr. Pedro Luis Uriarte, after working in the industrial sector for nine years, from 1975 to 2001 he held various positions with BBVA and subsequently in BBVA, one of the main Spanish Banks, as Chief Executive Director since 1994, and also Vice Chairman thereof. He held the position as Vice Chairman of the Board of Telefónica, leader in the Spanish telecommunications market. In the area of public administration, he was appointed Minister of Economy and Finance of the Basque Government from 1980 to 1984. In 2007, Mr. Uriarte founded and chaired Innobasque, the Basque Innovation Agency, which he headed until 2009. Since then, he has collaborated on a number of different R+D+i initiatives. Currently, he is Chief Executive Officer of the strategy consulting firm Economía, Empresa y Estrategia, and is member of several boards and consulting bodies of other boards of directors of several different companies, both Spanish and international. He was also a Board member of UNICEF Spain.
Mr. Pedro Luis graduated from Universidad de Deusto (Bilbao, Spain) with a degree in business and administration, and is a member of the board of Deusto Business School, and has been honoured with numerous awards such as the “Gran Cruz al Mérito Civil” (Spanish government) in 2002, the Gold Medal of Guipuzkoa in 2005 and the “Directivo del año” award (awarded by the Spanish Confederation of Managers & Executives – CEDE) in 2011.
Mr. Emmott has a wide career in the listed and unlisted real estate sector in Europe, and is based in Paris. He served as CEO of Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL) from 1997 to 2007 and subsequently as senior advisor to SFL until 2012.
He is currently the Principal of Europroperty Consulting, and since 2011, is a Director of CeGeREAL S.A. (representing Europroperty Consulting). He is also member of the advisory committee of Weinberg Real Estate Partners (WREP I and II). He has been a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) since 1971. Mr. Emmott holds an MA from Trinity College (Cambridge UK).has built an extensive career in the real estate sector in Europe, having worked at listed and unlisted companies. He resides in Paris. He worked as CEO of Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL) between 1997 and 2007 and later as executive advisor to SFL until 2012. He is currently Director of Europroperty Consulting, and has been a Director of CeGeREAL S.A. (where he represents Europroperty Consulting) since 2011. He is also a member of the advisory committee of Weinberg Real Estate Partners (WREP I/II), Cityhold AP and MITSUI FUDOSAN. He has been a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) since 1971. He holds an MA from Trinity College (Cambridge, UK).
Roger Maxwell Cooke
Mr. Cooke is an experienced professional with more than 30 years of experience in the real estate sector. Mr. Cooke joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1980 in London where he had a role in drafting valuation standards (Red Book). Since 1995 until the end of 2013, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Cushman & Wakefield Spain, leading the company to attain a leading position in the sector.
In the 2017 New Year’s honours’ list, Mr. Cooke was awarded an MBE for his services to British businesses in Spain and to Anglo-Spanish trade and investment.
Mr. Cooke holds an Urban Estate Surveying degree from Trent Polytechnic University (Nottingham, UK) and is currently a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). Until May 2016, he was the President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Spain. Since May 2014, Mr. Cooke has been a Senior Advisor at Ernst & Young. Likewise, since September 2017, Mr. Roger Maxwell is Chairman of the Editorial Board of Iberian Property.
Isabel Aguilera Navarro
Mrs. Isabel Aguilera Navarro developed her professional career at various companies across several sectors. She served as President for Spain and Portugal at General Electric, General Manager for Spain and Portugal at Google, Chief Operating Officer at NH Hoteles Group, CEO for Spain, Italy and Portugal at Dell Computer Corporation and member of the board of directors at different companies such as Indra Sistemas, Banco Mare Nostrum, Aegon and Laureate Inc. Mrs. Isabel is currently a member of the Board of Directors at Grupo Egasa and Oryzon Genomics.
Mrs. Isabel has a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura of Seville, a master’s degree in Commercial and Marketing Management from IE, and completed the General Management Programme at IESE and the Executive Management of Leading Companies and Institutions Programme at San Telmo Institute. Mrs. Isabel is currently Associate Professor at ESADE.
Miguel Pereda Espeso
Miguel Pereda Espeso has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate sector. He has served as director of Grupo Lar Inversiones Inmobiliarias, S.A. for more than 10 years, and before this, he was Chief Executive Officer of Lar Grosvenor for 6 years. In 2015, he was appointed Eminent Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in London.
Miguel is currently the chairman of Villamagna, S.A., a company belonging to the Grosvenor Group, and he is also chairman of the Altamira Lar foundation.
He has a degree in business administration from the Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain), and an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa (IE). He participated in the Breakthrough programme for Senior Executives at the IMD, has a masters in tax from ICADE and participated in the Real Estate Management Programme at Harvard University.
Laurent Luccioni has more than 18 years of experience in the investment and financial services sector. He is currently managing director and portfolio manager at PIMCO’s London Office, where he oversees the European commercial real estate team.
Prior to joining PIMCO in 2013, he was the European CEO for MGPA, the Macquarie-backed private equity real estate investment advisory company. Additionally, he worked with Cherokee Investment Partners in London.
Laurent currently sits on the Board of Directors for Echo Investment, S.A. and Carmila SAS.
He holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Juan Gomez-Acebo is a practising lawyer with over 30 years of experience. He began his professional career in the Spanish Public Sector where he served as Spanish representative at the Contracts Group for several years, for the international Eurofighter programme.
After working at a Spanish law firm, Juan joined the international law firm Freshfields as a Corporate/Finance lawyer in 1991. In 1995 he was promoted to international partner, becoming Freshfields’ first Spanish partner. In 2000, he was asked to set up Freshfields’ Real Estate Practice Group and up until 30 April 2014, he served as head of the Spanish branch.
Juan is currently the Head of BDO Abogados’ Real Estate Practice in Spain. He has a law degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and is part of the legal/audit group at the Spanish Ministry of Defence. He holds a diploma from Wharton School for business studies and has participated in a number of legal seminars.
Juan is regularly mentioned by the international legal directories, including Chambers and Legal 500, as a “leading individual” in Spain for Real Estate Law.
Susana Guerrero is the Legal Director of Lar España and Vice-secretary to the Board of Directors of the Company. She joined Lar España in November 2014.
Previously she worked for 10 years as a corporate and M&A lawyer at Uría Menéndez, leading M&A deals and handling the Secretary of the Board in many companies from different sectors.
Susana studied law at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid and has a master’s degree in business law from Instituto de Empresa (IE).