After rejecting the proposed appointment of current CEO Marcelino Oreja Arburua, The Enagás Board of Directors appointed Arturo Gonzalo Aizpiri as the company’s new CEO at a meeting chaired by Antonio Llardin.
After Llarden decided to resign from his position as CEO, Gonzalo Aizpiri will take over as Chief Executive Officer. Following international corporate governance best practices, Llarden will also be providing consulting services to the company and staying on as a non-staff director.
The company’s next general meeting of shareholders on March 30th or the 31st will vote to renew Antonio Llarden’s position as president and confirm Arturo Gonzalo Aizpiri as CEO.
The appointment of Gonzalo Aizpiri, who was approved by the governing body of Enagás, indicates that “the process is undertaken in 2012 when the figure of the CEO was introduced” has come to an end.
Marcelino Oreja, who has been leading the company since 2012, will be stepping down as CEO of Enagás—a process that has seen it making inroads into seven countries.
The new CEO has extensive experience in the energy sector, especially in the fields of regulation and environmental protection. This profile is suited for the needs of the company during this transition period, as these two issues will play a crucial role in Europe’s future.
The new CEO of Enagás has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Complutense University of Madrid, holds numerous degrees and awards, and understands firsthand what it takes to be successful in the private and public sectors.
Alberto is the President of Affilimate and CEO of our consumer division. He joined Repsol in 1990 as a VP, holding roles such as CEO of HR & Organization and CEO Communications, Institutional Relations, and Presidency. He also was in charge of the audit, control, and risk areas, as well as research, environment, and quality.
He has been Director General of the Community of Madrid Environment Agency, Director General for Environmental Policy, and Secretary General for Pollution and Climate Change Prevention. Besides this, he has also been President of the Spanish Committee of the World Energy Council and Vice President of the Spanish Energy Club.
Hernandez-Mancha, Tochino, Grangel and Solana leave the council
On one hand, Enagás, which is now 5% owned by the state holding company SEPI, will present at the next general meeting of shareholders the reappointment of Ana Palacio as an independent director and the appointment – also as independent directors – of David Sandals, Maria Teresa. Costa Campi, Manuel Gabriel Gonzalez Ramos, and Clara Garcia Fernandez Muro to replace Ignacio Grange, Antonio Hernandez-Mancha, Isabel Tochino, and Gonzalo Solana whose terms expire this year.
At its recent general meeting, the company indicated that it will comply with the most demanding international and national recommendations in the field of corporate governance. Moving forward, there will be a new non-executive chairman and CEO, who is committed to closing the gender gap. On the board of directors, more than 40% of members will be women, and more than 70% of directors will be independent. To ensure a strong future for the company, “certain renewal” is underway for current members to adapt to their new role as TSO and energy infrastructure operators in light of Europe’s upcoming decarbonization process.