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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Structure of the Board of Directors

Below there is a description of the structure of the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción, including their position, the date of first appointment and the date of subsequent appointments, as the case may be. Additionally, included below there is a brief description of the curriculum vitae of each of the directors.

Francisco José Riberas Mera

  • Position: Chairman and Managing Director

  • Category: Executive

  • Date of appointment: 03/03/2017 (Appointment effective from 24/03/2017)

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. Riberas is on the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción since its inception on December 22, 1997, and was appointed the President and the Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Directors on March 23, 2017. He holds a degree in Law and a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE E-3), Madrid.

    He started his professional career at Gonvarri Group, where he held different positions such as Director of Corporate Development, and later he became the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Riberas promoted the creation of Gestamp Automoción in 1997 and has been since then its Chief Executive Officer. In 1998, in the context of the Aceralia Corporación Siderúrgica privatization process, he was appointed member of the company’s board until it was integrated into Arcelor Group in 2001 (now ArcelorMittal).

    Mr. Riberas is part of the management bodies of certain companies of Gestamp Automoción as well as other Acek Group companies (including companies belonging to Gonvarri Group, Gestamp Renewables Group and Inmobiliaria Acek Group). Outside Acek Group, he is member of the Board of Directors of CIE Automotive and Sideacero Group. Furthermore, he is part of Endeavor foundation, Princesa de Asturias foundation, and Empresa Familiar de Euskadi Association, among others.

    Juan María Riberas Mera

  • Position: Vice-Chairman

  • Category: Propietary

  • Date of appointment: 03/03/2017 (Appointment effective from 24/03/2017)

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. Riberas is on the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción from its creation on December 22, 1997, and he was appointed Proprietary Director and Vice-president of the Board of Directors on March 24, 2017. He holds a degree degree in Law and a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE E-3), Madrid.

    Mr. Riberas is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Gonvarri Group and the Gestamp Renewables Group. He began his professional career in the Business Development area of the Gonvarri Group, at which he later assumed the position as Chief Executive Officer, which is the position he currently holds. Mr. Riberas promoted the creation of Gestamp Renewables in 2007, and has been since then its Chief Executive Officer.

    He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Holding Gonvarri and Gestamp Renewables and member of the management bodies of certain subsidiaries. Additionally, he sits the Board of Directors of certain Acek group companies (including Inmobiliaria Acek Group). Outside Acek Group, Mr. Riberas sits the Board of Directors of CIE Automotive and certain companies of Sideacero Group. Besides, he is part of the Juan XXIII Foundation, among others.

    Francisco López Peña

  • Position: Member

  • Category: Executive

  • Date of appointment: 03/03/2017 (Appointment effective from 24/03/2017)

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. López was appointed member of the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción on March 5, 2010, and was appointed Executive Director on March 23, 2017. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Politécnica University of Barcelona, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the IESE Business School, Madrid.

    Mr. López has a wide experience in the automotive supplier industry with more than 18 years working in executive positions at Gestamp Group. Before working at Gestamp, he was the Managing Director of SA Minera Catalono-Aragonesa (SAMCA), and Mineria y Tecnologia de Arcillas (MYTA) for 5 years. He was also the Managing Director of a company in the textile sector. Mr. López joined Gestamp in 1998 as Corporate Development Director. In 2008 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Gestamp Group, which is the position he currently holds.

    Mr. López Peña is also Director of certain Gestamp Automoción subsidiaries, and Director of CIE Automotive on behalf Acek Group.

    Noboru Katsu

  • Position: Member

  • Category: Propietary

  • Date of appointment: 03/03/2017 (Appointment effective from 24/03/2017)

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. Katsu was appointed Proprietary Director of the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción on March 24, 2017. He was graduated from the Faculty of Liberal Arts of the International Christian University, Tokyo. Later in 2002, he took an Executive Course (PMD) from Harvard University, Massachusetts.

    He has a wide professional experience in the steel sector, with over 35 years working for Mitsui Group, through different positions worldwide. He currently is the Executive Managing Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Iron & Steel Products Business Unit in Japan. From 1991 to 2001, he developed different managerial roles for the Steel Department in Norway. After that, he was the General Manager of the Corporate Planning & Strategy Department, and General Manager of the Steel Pipe Overseas Division in Japan. He held different positions In Thailand, such as Unit Leader of Iron & Steel Products Business Division, Asia Pacific Business Unit, and General Manager of Steel Division. After that, in London, he was the Senior Vice President & Divisional Operating Officer of the Iron & Steel Products Division for the EMEA Business Unit. Before taking his current position, he was appointed General Manager of the Steel Pipe & Plate Overseas Division in Japan.

    Mr. Katsu is also on the Board of Directors of Mitsui & Co. Steel, NuMit, GEG (Holdings) and certain companies of the Acek Group (including companies of the Gestamp Automoción Group and Gonvarri Group). Previously he was also director of the Euro-Mit STall and Mi-King.

    Tomofumi Osaki

  • Position: Member

  • Category: Propietary

  • Date of appointment: 03/03/2017 (Appointment effective from 24/03/2017)

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. Osaki was appointed Proprietary Director of the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción on March 24, 2017. He was graduated from the Economics faculty of the Wakayama University.

    For the last 29 years, Mr. Osaki has been working at Mitsui Group developing his experience in the steel sector through a variety of executive positions worldwide. He currently is the General Manager of the Investment & Planning Division of the Iron & Steel Products Business Unit. Before joining the Mitsui Group, he was the Financial Officer at CAEMI Mineracao e Metalurgia S.A. for 7 years, in Brazil. At Mitsui Group, he was the General Manager in the Investment Department of Mineral & Metal Resources Business Unit, and post General Manager of the Investment Department of the Iron & Steel Product Business Unit in Japan. After that, at Mitsui’s New York Offices, he developed different executive positions such as General Manager in the Investment Department for the Financial Management Division, among others. Before taking his current position, he was the Deputy General Manager of Iron & Steel Products Business Unit, in Japan.

    Mr. Osaki is Director of certain companies belonging to Mitsui Group, and in companies participated by Mitsui Group, Bangkok Coil Center. He is also Director of certain companies of Acek Group (including companies of Gestamp Automoción Group, and Gonvarri Group). In the past, he was part of the management bodies of some Mitsui Group’s companies, Siam Yamato Steel, Vina Kyoei Steel, Mahindra Sanyo Special Steel, MS Avant.

    Alberto Rodríguez-Fraile Díaz

  • Position: Member

  • Category: Independent

  • Date of appointment: 03/03/2017 (Appointment effective from 24/03/2017)

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. Rodríguez was appointed Independent Director of the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción on March 24, 2017. He holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Miami, and took part in the Business Senior Management Program (PADE) from IESE Business School. Moreover, he has a degree in “Securities Exchange Commission” and “National Association of Securities Dealers” as: Registered Options Principal, Financial and Operation Principal, Securities Principal.

    For the last 30 years, Mr. Rodríguez has been at “Asesores y Gestores Financieros, S.A”. He is a founding partner, shareholder, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company. Additionally, he is member of the management bodies of certain companies belonging to A&G. Mr. Rodríguez started his professional career at Merrill Lynch as a Finance Consultant.

    Javier Rodríguez Pellitero

  • Position: Member

  • Category: Independent

  • Date of appointment: 03/03/2017 (Appointment effective from 24/03/2017)

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. Rodríguez was appointed Independent Director of the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción on March 24, 2017. He holds a degree in Law and a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE E-3), Madrid.

    Mr. Rodríguez is the General Vice Secretary of the Spanish Banking Association (AEB). He is also the President of the Tax and Legal Committee, member of the Legal Committee of the Banking Federation of the European Union, and member of the Advisory Committee of the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV), which is the Spanish government agency responsible for the financial regulation of the securities markets in Spain. He started his professional career at Uria & Menéndez law firm, and later, he was the State’s attorney for the Zamora region in Spain. After that, he joined CNMV where he held different positions such as the General Manager of Legal Services, the Secretary of the Board of Directors, and the Secretary of the Special Committee which developed the Unified Corporate Governance Code, among others.

    Mr. Rodríguez is Director of the commercial section of the Codification General Committee (Ministry of Justice). Besides, he is Director of GDF Energía España.

    Pedro Sainz de Baranda Riva

  • Position: Member

  • Category: Independent

  • Date of appointment: 03/03/2017 (Appointment effective from 24/03/2017)

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. Sainz de Baranda was appointed Independent Director of the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción on March 24, 2017. He holds a degree in Mining Engineering from the Oviedo University, as well as a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the MIT, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts, and a PhD in Engineering from Rutgers University, New Jersey.

    He currently is a Co-Founder of an investing company called Sainberg Investments S.L. He developed a relevant part of his professional career at United Technologies Corporation in a variety of positions worldwide. He started his career at United Technologies Corporation, Connecticut, as a Research Engineer from where he moved to Principal Engineer and Manager of Advanced Technology. After that, he was the New Equipment Director at Otis Elevator Mexico and then, the General Manager of Otis Portugal. Later he became the President of the South Europe and Mediterranean area at Otis Elevator company, and afterwards he was the General Manager and the Chief Executive Officer of Zardoya Otis. He also was the President of the Otis Elevator Company.

    Mr. Sainz de Baranda serves on the Board of Directors of companies such as Mecalux and Zardoya Otis. He also serves on the Board of the Carlos III de Madrid University. In the past, he served in the management bodies of certain companies of the Zardoya Otis Group.

    Ana García Fau

  • Position: Member

  • Category: Independent

  • Date of appointment: 03/03/2017 (Appointment effective from 24/03/2017)

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mrs. García was appointed Independent Director of the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción on March 24, 2017. She holds a degree in Law and a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE E-3), Madrid, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the MIT, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts.

    Currently she serves as Non-Executive Director at the Board of Directors of the following companies: Renovalia Energy Group, Technicolor (Ex-Thomson), Eutelsat Communications and Merlin Properties Socimi. She started her career at McKinsey & Company, and later she worked for Wolff Olins, as well as at Goldman Sachs International. After that, and for 9 years, she was the Managing Director of Corporate Development, and later the Chief Financial Officer at TPI- Páginas Amarillas, where she also was a member of the Board of Directors of certain subsidiaries of TPI-Páginas Amarillas. She also held different leadership roles at Hibu Group (ex-Yell) such as Chief Executive Officer of Yell for the Spanish and Latin American business for 7 years, and Chief Global Strategy and Development Officer. She was also member of its Global Executive Committee.

    Furthermore, she was director of Cape Harbor Advisor.

    César Cernuda Rego

  • Position: Member

  • Category: Independent

  • Date of appointment: 03/03/2017 (Appointment effective from 24/03/2017)

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. Cernuda was appointed Independent Director of the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción on March 24, 2017. He holds a university degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the ESIC Business & Marketing School, Madrid. He took part in the Executive Development Program (PDD) from the IESE Business School, Madrid, and in the Executive Leadership Program from Harvard University, Massachusetts.

    Mr. Cernuda is the President of Microsoft Latin American Organization and Vice President of Microsoft Corporation. He started his career in the banking industry, at Banco 21 (Banco Gallego), and afterwards he joined Software AG. In the last 20 years he has been working at Microsoft in many different leadership positions Worldwide such as General Manager of Microsoft Business Solutions Europe, Middle East and Africa, the Worldwide Vice President of Microsoft Business Solutions, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Services of Microsoft Latin America, or President of Microsoft Asia Pacific.

    Mr Cernuda is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Americas Society/Council of the Americas http://www.as-coa.org/ and the Trust for the Americas http://trustfortheamericas.org representing Microsoft.

    Geert Maurice Van Poelvoorde

  • Position: Member

  • Category: Other External

  • Date of appointment: 03/03/2017 (Appointment effective from 24/03/2017)

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. Van Poelvoorde was appointed Other External Directors of the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción on March 24, 2017. He holds a Master degree in Electrotechnical Engineering from the University of Gent, Belgium.

    He has been working for the steel and mining sector for the last 28 years. Mr. Van Poelvoorde is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of ArcelorMittal Europe Flat Products and European Purchasing. Since 2011, he is also a member of the ArcelorMittal Group Management Committee. He started his professional career at Sidmar as Process Automation Manager and Project Engineer. Later, he was the General Manager of the Engineering Department at Stahlwerke, among others. At Arcelor, Mr. Van Poelvoorde was member of the Management Board and the Chief Operation Officer, as well as the General Manager of the Central Maintenance Department and Logistics. After that, at ArcelorMittal, he held different executive positions until the position he currently holds.

    Mr. Van Poelvoorde is member of the management bodies of certain companies belonging to the AcerlorMittal Group and in companies participated by ArcelorMittal, including Bamesa Otel, Borçelik Çelik, Borusan Demir, Bamesa Celiç. He is also Director of Holding Gonvarri. Furthermore, he is the President of the European Steel Association (Eurofer), and Director of the German Steel Federation.

    Gonzalo Urquijo Fernández de Araoz

  • Position: Member

  • Category: Other External

  • Date of appointment: 03/03/2017 (Appointment effective from 24/03/2017)

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. Urquijo was appointed as Other External Directors of the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción on March 24, 2017. He holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from Yale University, Connecticut, as well as a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Instituto de Empresa, Madrid.

    He is the Chief Executive at Abengoa. He started his professional career in banking, working for Citibank and Credit Agricole. After that, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Corporacion J M Aristrain, and later with the same position at Aceralia Corporacion Siderúrgica. At Arcelormittal Group, he held different executive positions such as the Vice President of Stainless Steel, Long Products and China, the Principal of AACIS, AMDS, Tubular Products, Corporate Social Responsibility, Communication and Institutional Affairs and Work Safety, among others.

    Mr. Urquijo is on the Board of Directors of Vocento, Fertiveria. He is the President of Arcelor Mittal Spain. He also sits on the Board of Trusstees of the Princesa de Asturias Foundation. He was also member of the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción, Holding Gonvarri, Aperam, and certain companies belonging to ArcelorMittal.

    David Vázquez Pascual

  • Position: Secretary non-member

  • Date of appointment: 22/12/2016

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Mr. Vázquez joined the Board of Directors of Gestamp Automoción on December 22, 2016 as Secretary (non Director). He holds a degree in Law and a degree in Economics and Business Administration from Comillas Pontifical University (ICADE E-3), Madrid. He also holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the M.B.S.-University of Houston, Texas and a Master in European Union Law from the Pontificia de Comillas University (ICADE), Madrid.

    He is General Counsel of the Gestamp Group since 2000, and member of its Steering Committee. At Gestamp, he also was the General Manager of the North America Division in 2006 and 2007. He started his career in banking through different roles at Banesto Banking Corporation (BBC) in New York and at Cajamadrid in Madrid. After that, he developed part of his career at the university. He was professor and coordinator of European Union affairs at the M.B.S-University of Houston, and subsequently became the Director of the MBA program at the same business school. Later, he held different managerial roles at the Antonio Nebrija University (Madrid), such as La Berzosa Campus Principal or Director of the Social Sciences School. Simultaneously, he was professor in business disciplines at the same University and law professor at the Pontificia de Comillas University (ICADE).

    Additionally, Mr. Vázquez is Secretary and Director of other companies within the Gestamp Automoción Group and the Gestamp Renewables Group