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Matins ESADE with Rafael Arias-Salgado, President of Grupo Carrefour España

24/04/2013 (dd/mm/yyyy) | Barcelona

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Rafael Arias-Salgado
, President of Grupo Carrefour España, will feature this new session of Matins ESADE entitled "The Spanish economic crisis and the European institutional crisis from a business perspective".

Whether Spain should request a bailout or not has divided the economic and business world, as well as academia. Anything close to an objective response can only be found by analysing the Spanish crisis and the European institutional crisis and thus, to a certain extent, looking further afield than the understandably biased view of the manufacturing industry.


Rafael Arias-Salgado

Rafael Arias-Salgado Montalvo was born in Madrid on 26th January 1942. He studied at the Colegio del Pilar in Madrid and graduated in Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. In 1965, he joined the diplomatic corps, of which he is minister plenipotentiary. He held various posts in the Spanish Foreign Office, one of which being head of studies of Spain’s School of Diplomacy. In 1969, on voluntary sabbatical leave, he began practising as a lawyer. From 1964 to 1976, he was columnist and chief editor of the journal Cuadernos para el diálogo. He was MP for Toledo in the Constituent Assembly and the 1st Constitutional Assembly for the Unión de Centro Democrático (UCD) party, of which he was also secretary general from 1978 to 1980. He also served as minister of government relations, minister of the presidency and minister of territorial administration between 1979 and 1982 in the governments led by Adolfo Suárez and Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo. Between 1996 and 2000, he was minister of public works for the José Mª Aznar government. In the Spanish Parliament, Arias-Salgado was spokesman for the Grupo Parlamentario Popular in the Budget Committee and the European Union Committee between 1993 and 1996.Between 1984 and 1987, first he was deputy chairman and then chairman of the security firm Prosegur. In April 2007, he was appointed member of the Accenture Advisory Board, which he then chaired from February 2008 until February 2011.  What’s more, he is director of the Advisory Board of Itínere, a motorway concession company. Since 2001, he has been chairman of Carrefour Spain. On 12th July 2012, he was appointed chairman of the World Duty Free Group. He is also deputy chairman of the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares board of trustees.

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