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Energy & Industry Division
Industrial and environmental inspection, vendor inspection, technical assistance, non-destructive testing (NDT) and technical staffing for all type of industries.
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Laboratories Division
Multidisciplinary laboratories.Testing and engineering for product development. Conformity testing and product certification. SYSTEMS CERTIFICATION.
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Automotive Division
Statutory vehicle inspection services and emission & gas testing solutions worldwide.
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IDIADA Division
Design, engineering, testing and homologation services for the automotive industry worldwide.
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Board members

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    Christopher Cole Non-Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

    Mr Cole has a degree in Environmental Engineering from London South Bank University and is a UK qualified Chartered Engineer. He was a founder of WSP Group Plc, which was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1987 and where he was CEO until it merged with Genivar Inc. in 2012 to become WSP Global Inc. Mr Cole remains as the Non-Executive Chairman. He is also Non-Executive Chairman of Tracsis Plc and Redcentric Plc, and Non-Executive Director of Safe Harbour Holdings Plc.

    He was appointed as Non-Executive Independent Chairman on 7th May 2014, and thereafter re-elected by the AGM on May 31st 2018.

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    Fernando Basabe Armijo Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

    Mr Basabe holds a degree in Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and an MBA from IESE (Barcelona).

    Before joining Applus+, Mr Basabe spent 15 years at SGS S.A. in different senior management positions, ultimately becoming the Chief Operating Officer for Western Europe. He started his career at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. (JP Morgan & Co), where he held different positions within the corporate banking division.

    He was appointed as Executive Director of Applus+ on 1st February 2011, and thereafter re-elected by the AGM on May 31st 2018.



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    Ernesto Gerardo Mata López Non-Executive Independent Director and Member of the Audit Committee

    Mr Mata has a degree in Economics from the University of Geneva and PADE from IESE (Barcelona).

    Mr Mata has held many Board positions, including a Director of Unión Fenosa (Gas Natural), Chairman of Unión Fenosa Soluziona S.A., and Director of Abertis Infraestructuras S.A., where he was also Chairman of the Audit Committee.

    He is currently Chairman of the Advisory Board of KPMG Spain and Quironsalud. He also sits on the Boards or Advisory Committees of other organisations and private companies in Spain.

    He was appointed as Director of Applus+ on 29th November 2007, and thereafter re-elected by the AGM on May 31st 2018.



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    John Daniel Hofmeister Non-Executive Independent Director and Chairman Appointments of the Remunerations Committee

    Mr Hofmeister has an honorary doctorate from the University of Houston and is a Doctor of Letters at Kansas State University, where he obtained his Bachelor and Master’s degree in Political Science.

    At Royal Dutch Shell, Mr Hofmeister was Group Director of Human Resources before becoming the President of Shell Oil Company, the U.S. subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell. Prior to this, he held executive leadership positions at General Electric Company, Nortel Network Corporation and AlliedSignal (Honeywell). He founded Citizens for Affordable Energy and remains a Member of the United States Energy Security Council. Currently, he serves as Non-Executive Director of Ioneer Ltd.

    He was appointed as Director of Applus+ on 1st July 2013, and thereafter re-elected by the AGM on May 31st 2018.


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    Richard Nelson Non-Executive Independent Director, Member of the Appointments and Remunerations Committee and Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

    Mr Nelson has a degree in Economics from the London Business School, and he is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

    Mr Nelson was the Chief Executive Officer of Intertek Group Plc, a UK listed FTSE 100 company in the testing, inspection and certification industry, until his retirement in 2006. Previously he was the Chairman of the International Federation of Inspection Agencies until it merged with another organisation into the TIC Council.

    He was initially appointed as Director of Applus+ on 1st October 2009, and thereafter re-elected by the AGM on May 31st 2018.



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    Nicolás Villén Non-Executive Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee

    Mr Villén is an industrial engineer, graduated from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. He holds a Master in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and he has an MBA from Columbia University.

    Previously, Mr Villén was the Chief Executive Officer of Ferrovial Aeropuertos and Chief Financial Officer at Ferrovial. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Midland Montagu Ventures and Smith Kline & French, as well as other responsibilities at Abbott Laboratories and Corning Glass Works.

    He currently sits on the Boards of Banca March, Parques Reunidos and FCC Aqualia. He is also external advisor for IFM Investors, an Australian infrastructure fund.

    He was appointed as Director of Applus on 27th October 2015.

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    María Cristina Henriquez de Luna Non-Executive Independent Director and Member of the Audit Committee

    Ms Henriquez holds a degree in Business Administration and Economics from ICADE in Madrid.

    She is the President and Managing Director Spain and Head of Iberia and Israel Cluster at GlaxoSmithKline, and she has held a variety of senior finance roles at GSK. Previously, she was at Procter & Gamble Europe based in Switzerland and has extensive Latin American experience based in Peru and Mexico.

    She was appointed as Director of Applus on 21st July 2016. 

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    María José Esteruelas Non-Executive Independent Director

    Ms Esteruelas holds a degree in Industrial Electrical Engineering from ICAI (Madrid). She has a Master’s degree in Operations from the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid) and a General Management Executive Programme from the IESE (Madrid).

    Ms Esteruelas currently serves as Executive Vice President of America at Abengoa, leading all the subsidiaries of the Region. Previously she was CEO of the Power Division and formerly Executive Vice President of Latin America. Most of her career has been at Abengoa which she joined in 1997, performing a variety of senior positions in Operations and Concessions. 

    From July 2014 to December 2017 she was member of the Atlantica Yield Board of Directors appointed by Abengoa. 

    She was appointed as Director of Applus+ on 20th February 2019.

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    Essimari Kairisto Non-Executive Independent Director and Member of the Audit Committee

    Ms Essimari Kairisto has a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Fachhochschule Bielefeld (Germany).

    Ms Kairisto was the Chief Financial Officer and a Board Director for Hochtief Solutions AG until 2016 after which she has taken on independent consulting roles. These include since 2015, Supervisory Board Member of Freudenberg, the privately owned German technology company and since 2018, Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Fortum Oyj, the clean energy generation and distribution company that is listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. Additionally, as from May 2019, Ms Kairisto will be a member of the Supervisory Board of TenneT, the Dutch state owned leading European electricity transmission system operator (TSO) with its main activities in the Netherlands and Germany.

    Prior to her move to Hochtief Solutions in 2013, Ms Kairisto had several high profile roles in finance and general management including at Sasol, RWE and Schlumberger.

    She was appointed as Director of Applus+ on 10th April 2019.

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    Joan Amigó Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

    Joan holds a degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona as well as completing an IESE Business School's Executive Development Program, a Global Business Strategy Program at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania and an Advanced Management Program at ESADE Business School.

    He started his career at Price Waterhouse Coopers in 1991 as an external auditor. In 1994, he joined Bimbo (Sara Lee), a consumer goods company based in Spain and Portugal, where he held various senior positions: Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Financial Shared Services Director, Controller and Internal Audit Director. In 2006, he was appointed Vice President for Financial Planning and Control at Sara Lee Bakery's Europe Division.

    He joined Applus+ in December 2007 as Chief Financial Officer and was appointed Executive Director of Applus+ on 30th May 2019.




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    Vicente Conde Viñuelas Secretary Non-Member

    Mr Conde has a degree in Law from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

    He is a specialist in Corporate and Business law, Capital Markets and M&A and is a Partner in the Madrid offices of Osborne Clark. Previously, he was a Partner at Pérez-Llorca and worked at Uría Menéndez in Spain and Chile. He is also a lecturer at several universities and is a regular speaker at conferences.

    He was appointed as Secretary non-member of Applus+ on 28th January 2016.

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