People: Telefonica SA (TEF.N)
Alierta Izuel, Cesar
Mr. Cesar Alierta Izuel has served as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Telefonica SA since July 26, 2000. He joined the Company's Board on January 29, 1997. He acts as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Company. He also acts as Member of the Board of Directors of Telecom Italia SpA, China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited, and International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG). In addition, he is Member of the Columbia Business School Board of Overseers, and Chairman of the Social Board of the UnED (National Long Distance Spanish University). He began his career in 1970 as General Manager of the Capital Markets division at Banco Urquijo in Madrid where he remained until 1985. From June 1996 until July 2000, he was Chairman of Tabacalera SA which after the merger with the French tobacco company, Seita, became Altadis, SA. Previously, he was Chairman and Founder of Beta Capital, which he combined with his post as Telefonica Chairman of the Spanish Financial Analysts’ Association from 1991. He has also been Member of the Board of Directors of the Securities Markets of Madrid as well as Member of the Board of Telefonica Internacional, Plus Ultra Compania de Seguros y Reaseguros, Iberia and Altadis. Since September 2010, he has been Independent Board Member, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors of International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG). Mr. Alierta Izuel holds a degree in Law from Universidad de Zaragoza and obtained a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Columbia University in New York in 1971.
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