The Board of Directors is made up of 7 directors, of whom 5 are independent and 2 are proprietary directors.
Below is a description of the profiles of the members of the Board of Directors:
Jose Luis del Valle Doblado
Chairman of the Board and Independent Director
Mr. del Valle has a wide professional career in banking and energy sector.
From 1988 to 2002, Mr. del Valle held different positions in Banco Santander, one of the largest financial entities in Spain. In 1999 he was appointed General Director and Chief Financial Officer of the bank (1999-2002). Subsequently, he was appointed Strategy and Corporate Development Director of Iberdrola, one of the major Spanish energy companies (2002-2008), CEO of Scottish Power (2007-2008), Strategy and Studies Director of Iberdrola (2008-2010) and advisor to the Chairman of the wind turbine’s manufacturer of Gamesa (2011-2012).
At present he is non-executive Chairman of the Board of GES – Global Energy Services, supplier of construction, transaction and maintenance services for renewable energies industry; he is director of the insurance group Ocaso; of Abengoa, S.A., supplier of innovative technological solutions for sustainable development; of Verditek Plc, an investor in clean technologies; and of Instituto de Consejeros-Administradores.
Mr. del Valle holds a mining engineering degree from Politécnica University (Madrid, Spain), ranking first in his class, and Master of Science and Nuclear Engineer degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, EE. UU.). He also holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School (Boston, EE. UU.).
Pedro Luis Uriarte Santamaría
After nine years of experience in the industry sector, from 1975 to 2001, Mr. Uriarte held different professional positions, first in BBV and subsequently in BBVA, one of the largest banks in Spain. In 1994, he was appointed CEO of BBV. Simultaneously to that position, he served as Deputy President of the Board of Directors of BBV and subsequently of BBVA. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the board of Telefonica and director of various companies.
In the area of public administration, Mr. Uriarte served as Regional Minister of Economy and Finance of the Basque Government from 1980 to 1984. In 2007 he founded Innobasque, the Basque Innovation Agency, which he headed until 2009. Ever since, he collaborates in different I+D+i initiatives.
He is currently Executive Chairman of Economía, Empresa, Estrategia, S.L., a strategic consultancy firm, and sits on several boards of directors or advisory boards of various companies, Spanish and international. He also was a member of the board of UNICEF Spain.
Mr. Uriarte holds a Business and Law degree from Deusto University (Bilbao, Spain) and is a member of the Board and Executive Comitee of Deusto Business School and has been honoured with many relevant accolades such as the “Gran Cruz al Mérito Civil” (granted by the Spanish Government) in 2002, the “medalla de Oro de Guipuzkoa” in 2005 and the appointment as “Manager of the Year” (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 he 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).
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, heading 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 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.
Isabel Aguilera Navarro
Ms. Isabel Aguilera has developed her professional career in different companies of various sectors. She has been President for Spain and Portugal in General Electric, General Manager for Spain and Portugal in Google, General Operations Director in NH Hoteles Group and CEO for Spain, Italy and Portugal in Dell Computer Corporation.
She has been member of several national and international Boards of Directors and Ms. Isabel Aguilera is currently member of Indra Sistemas (until next June 29th, when the maximum legal period elapses), Banco Mare Nostrum (BMN), Grupo Egasa and Oryzon Genomics Boards of Directors.
Ms. Isabel Aguilera has a degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura of Sevilla, a master’s degree in Commercial and Marketing Management from IE, General Management Program of IESE and Program for Executive Management of Leader Companies and Institutions of San Telmo Institute. She is currently Associate Professor at ESADE.
Miguel Pereda Espeso
Mr. Pereda has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate sector. He has been a director of Grupo Lar Inversiones Inmobiliarias, S.A. for more than 10 years, and previously, for a period of 6 years, was Chief Executive Officer of Lar Grosvenor. In 2015, he was appointed Eminent Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in London.
Currently, he is the chairman of Villamagna, S.A., a company belonging to the Grosvenor Group, and of Altamira Lar foundation.
Mr. Pereda has a degree in business administration from Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain), an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa (IE), participated in the Breakthrough program for Senior Executives of the IMD, has a Masters in tax from ICADE and participated in the Real Estate Management Program of Harvard University.
Mr. Luccioni has more than 18 years of experience in the investment and financial services sector. Currently, Mr. Luccioni is a managing director and portfolio manager in the London Office of PIMCO, 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.
Currentñy, Mr. Luccioni sits in the Board of Echo Investment, S.A., and Carmila SAS.
Mr. Luccioni holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Juan Gomez-Acebo is a practising lawyer with over 30 years of experience. He started his professional career at the Spanish Public Sector where during a number of years, amongst other activities, was appointed the Spanish representative at the Contracts Group within the international programme of the European Fighter Aircraft (Eurofighter).
Following some time in a local Spanish legal boutique, in 1991 he joined the international law firm Freshfields as a Corporate/Finance lawyer. In 1995 he was elected international partner, becoming Freshfields’ first Spanish partner. In 2000, he was asked to set up Freshfields’ Real Estate Practice Group and, from that date, until 30 April 2014, he has been the head of the Spanish practice.
Currently he is the Head of BDO Abogados’ Real Estate Practice in Spain. He has a law degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, he joined the legal/audit group of the Spanish Ministry of Defence, has a Diploma from Wharton School on business studies and has participated in a number of legal seminars.
He is regularly mentioned by the international legal directories, such as chambers and Legal 500, as a “leading individual” in Spain for Real Estate Law.
Ms. Susana Guerrero is the Legal Managerof 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.
Ms. Susana Guerrero studied law at the Complutense University in Madrid and has an LLM in business law from Instituto de Empresa (IE).