César Alierta was born on 5th May 1945. He is Trustee of Fundación Bancaria Caixa d’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona “la Caixa”, since June 2014.
He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Law from the University of Zaragoza and a Master in Business Administration from Columbia University (New York) in 1970.
Currently, he is the Executive Chairman of the Telefónica Foundation and ProFuturo Foundation. Furthermore, he is a board member of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited. He is a member of the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers.
Between 1970 and 1985, he was Managing Director of the Department of Capital Markets at Banco Urquijo in Madrid. Afterwards, he was Founding Chairman of Beta Capital and, as from 1991, he was concurrently the Chairman of the Spanish Institute of Financial Analysts. He was also a member on the Board of Directors and on the Standing Committee of the Madrid Stock Exchange. He was also Chairman of the Social Board of National University of Distance Education (UNED) until April 2019.
In 1996, he was appointed Chairman of Tabacalera S.A., where he fostered and promoted the cross-border merger with the French company Seita. Altadis was founded as a result of this merger, where he was Chairman until July 2000, during which time he was also appointed Chairman of Telefónica. Since January 1997, he has been a member on the Board of Directors of Telefónica.
In July 2000, he was appointed Executive Chairman of Telefónica, S.A. until standing down on 8th April 2016. As one of the directors of the Company, he has overseen its most relevant transformation since its beginnings, quadrupling its number of customers and strengthening its international presence, making it a world leader.
In June 2010, César Alierta was awarded the Gold Medal of the Americas Society in New York, in recognition of his significant contribution to the growth and development of Latin America. Five years previously, also in New York, he received the Global Spanish Entrepreneur Award, granted by the Chamber of Commerce of Spain-United States. This award is in acknowledgment of his leadership within the Company, which allowed the entry of the Telefónica Group into the Dow Jones Global Titans 50 Index in New York.
Since its beginning, César Alierta has been Chairman of the Spanish Business Council for Competitiveness “Consejo Empresarial para la Competitividad (CEC)”, in February 2011, an organisation constituted of fifteen large companies and the Spanish Family Business Institute “Instituto de Empresa Familiar”, which is committed to and strives to offer proposals to improve competitiveness, assist with the economic recovery and strengthen international confidence in Spain. Additionally, since September 2016, he has been Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Spanish Institute of Financial Analysts “Instituto Español de Analistas Financieros”.
Furthermore, he is a Full Member of the Royal Academy of Economic and Financial Science of Spain “Real Academia de Ciencias Económicas y Financieras” and Honorary Member of the Economists Association of Madrid “Colegio de Economistas de Madrid”.
Last updated: May 2020