• Christopher Cole Independent Director. Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Appointments and Compensations Committee and Chairman of the ESG 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 he was Non-Executive Chairman position at Ashtead for 12 years where the Company progressed to a FTSE 100 leading performer until last year when he left. 

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

    Mr Cole holds 22,415 shares (0.016%) in Applus+. The total share ownership of the Board of Directors can be seen from this Link.

  • Fernando Basabe CEO. Executive Director.
     

    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 Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Applus+ on 1st February 2011, and thereafter re-elected by the AGM on May 31st 2018.

    Mr Basabe holds 98,483 shares (0.069%) in Applus+ as well as 38,361 Restricted Stock Units and 177,153 Performance Stock Units. The total share ownership of the Board of Directors can be seen from this Link.

  • Ernesto Gerardo Mata Other External Director. 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.

    Mr Mata does not hold any shares in Applus+. The total share ownership of the Board of Directors can be seen from this Link.

  • Nicolás Villén Independent Director. 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 FCC Aqualia and ACR Grupo. He is also external advisor for IFM Investors, an Australian infrastructure fund.

    He was appointed as Director of Applus+ on 27th October 2015, and thereafter re-elected by the AGM on May 29th 2020.

    Mr Villén holds 25,000 shares (0.017%) in Applus+. The total share ownership of the Board of Directors can be seen from this Link.

  • Cristina Henríquez de Luna Independent Director. 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, as well as Independent Director at Meliá Hotels International.

    Previously she held a variety of senior finance roles at GSK, and was at Procter & Gamble Europe based in Switzerland after an extensive Latin American experience based in Peru and Mexico.

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

    Ms Henriquez holds 2,950 shares (0.002%) in Applus+. The total share ownership of the Board of Directors can be seen from this link.

  • María José Esteruelas Independent Director. Member of the Appointments and Compensations Committee and Member of the ESG Committee
     

    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 Director of Energy at Ferrovial Construcción, a position she holds since February 2021.

    Most of her career has been at Abengoa, which she joined in 1997, performing a variety of senior positions, becoming General Director for America in charge of all subsidiary companies in the continent and integrating the Executive Committee. Previously she was CEO of the Power Division and formerly Executive Vice President of Latin America.

    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.

    Ms Esteruelas holds 4,567 shares (0.003%) in Applus+. The total share ownership of the Board of Directors can be seen from this Link.

  • Essimari Kairisto Independent Director. Member of the Audit Committee
     

    Ms 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, Ms Kairisto is 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. She is also an independent, non-exececutive Director of Iveco Group N.V. Board and Chairperson of their Audit Committee.

    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 09th April 2019.

    Ms Kairisto holds 2,000 shares (0.001%) in Applus+. The total share ownership of the Board of Directors can be seen from this Link.

  • Marie-Françoise Damesin Independent Director. Member of the Appointments and Compensations Committee
     

    Ms. Damesin holds a Post-graduate degree (DEA) in Economics from Paris Dauphine University, an MBA from ESSEC Business School and has also graduated with high distinction for the Board Director Diploma at IMD Lausanne.

    Her career has been focused on the automotive industry in global roles and responsibilities starting at the Compagnie Des Wagons-Lits & Du Tourisme and subsequently joined Renault in 1984, where she developed her wide experience holding different managerial positions, including Member of the Renault Management Committee for Latin America, the Renault Foundation CSR Board Member and a Board Member for Renault Spain. She has also been Vice President Human Resources and General Affairs for the European Region at Nissan and between 2011 and 2018 she was Executive Vice President for Human Resources and Member of the Executive Committee of Renault. Concurrently she was Member of the Management Board for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

    She was elected CHRO of the year in France in 2017 and was President of the Association of CAC 40 Chief Human Resources Officers.

    Ms. Damesin is currently an Independent Director on several companies’ boards, including Urbanis and Energie Jeunes, as well as an Advisory Board Member of Adelaide Group and Senior Advisor and Executive Coach at Boston Consulting Group.

    She is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest order of merit.

    She was appointed as Director of Applus+ on 17 November 2021.

    Ms Damesin holds 2,000 shares (0.001%) in Applus+. The total share ownership of the Board of Directors can be seen from this Link.

  • Brendan Connolly Independent Director. Member of the Appointments and Compensations Committee and Member of the ESG Committee
     

    Mr. Connolly holds a BSc in Business Economics and Sociology from Southampton University and has significant experience and knowledge of the Testing, Inspection and Certification sector.

    His career started at Schlumberger, where he worked for 24 years holding diverse managerial positions in both operations and finance and in many regions, including Europe, Latin America, USA, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He was CEO of Atos Origin UK, America and Asia and CEO of Moody International, which was acquired by Intertek Group plc in 2011. At Intertek, he was appointed VP Middle East, Russia, FSU and Eastern Europe.

    His Non-Executive Director career started at Cape Plc , where he served as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit and Nomination Committee. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at Synthomer PLC where he is the Senior Independent Director, Sparrows Offshore Group Ltd, NES Global Talent, Victrex Plc and PEPCO GROUP NV.

    He was appointed as Director of Applus+ on 17 November 2021.

    Mr Connolly does not hold any shares in Applus+. The total share ownership of the Board of Directors can be seen from this Link.

  • Joan Amigó CFO. Executive Director
     

    Mr Amigó holds a degree in Economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a PDD from IESE (Barcelona) and an AMP from ESADE (Barcelona and Wharton-Pennsylvania).

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

    Mr Amigó holds 61,990 shares (0.043%) in Applus+ as well as 33,556 Restricted Stock Units and 17,805 Performance Stock Units. The total share ownership of the Board of Directors can be seen from this Link.

  • Vicente Conde Secretary non-Director
     

    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-Director of Applus+ on 28th January 2016.

     

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