16 September 2020. Alex Belaustegi, on behalf of Ingeteam, was unanimously elected Chairman of TECNALIA by the Board of Trustees at the meeting held today at the Bizkaia Science and Technology Park. Belaustegi, who has been the Vicechairman of the centre since 2016, accepted the position for the next four years and thus takes over for Emiliano López Atxurra at the end of his tenure.
In the words of Belaustegi upon his appointment, “at Ingeteam we joyfully and responsibly accept the presidency of TECNALIA. We have a great challenge ahead of us: to contribute to the technological and industrial development of our Country at a time of great complexity for all. It’s time for TECNALIA to join forces and provide solutions to the problems that our businesses face and, above all, to continue using investment in R&D and innovation as a lever in order to sustainably transform it into GDP growth within our Society.”
As an Industrial Electrical Engineer with an International MBA, he developed his professional career at EVE (Basque Energy Agency) and at SENER engineering. He is the current Corporate Development Director at Ingeteam, which he joined in 2002 as Presidency Staff and as a Member of the R&D Committee at Ingeteam Group. In 2004, he undertook tasks as Product Technical Manager for the wind energy sector at Indar Electric, and ultimately, became the CEO of the Indar Head Division within the group.
New Board of Trustees
The new Board of Trustees was also appointed at the meeting, which is now formed by the following members:
ACLARA METERS, S.L., Pedro Urteaga Septién; AERNNOVA AEROSPACE, S.A.U., Hipólito Suárez Gutiérrez; ARTECHE CENTRO DE TECNOLOGÍA, A.I.E.; Roberto Ortiz de Zárate; CEMENTOS LEMONA, S.A., María Elena Guede Vázquez; CIE AUTOMOTIVE, S.A., Jose Manuel Esmoris Esmoris; CONSTRUCCIONES Y AUXILIAR DE FERROCARRILES, S.A. (CAF), Imanol Iturrioz Villalba; EPTISA CINSA INGENIERÍA Y CALIDAD S.A., Jesús Gonzalo García Alonso; EUSKALTEL, S.A., Xabier Iturbe Otaegui; FAGOR EDERLAN, S. COOP., Juan María Palencia Fernández; FEDERACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE ASOCIACIÓN DE FUNDIDORES, Marcial Alzaga; GESTAMP AUTOMOCIÓN, S.A., Maria José Armendáriz; GRUPO IGUALMEQUISA, S.A., Nicolás Guerra; CEMENTOS REZOLA – HEIDELBERGCEMENT GROUP, José María Echarri; IBARMIA INNOVATEK, S.L.U., Koldo Arandia; IBERDROLA, S.A., Izaskun Rica; IBERMÁTICA, S.A., Juan Ignacio Sanz; INGETEAM, S.A., Alex Belaustegi; IRIZAR, S.COOP., Rafael Sterling; KUTXABANK, S.A., Fernando Irigoyen; PETRÓLEOS DEL NORTE, S.A. (PETRONOR), Matilde García Echevarría; SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY, S.L., Antonio José de la Torre Quiralte; VELATIA, S.L., Alejandro Ormazabal; VICINAY CADENAS, S.A., Jesús Navas; VIUDA DE SAINZ, S.A., Pedro Sainz; ZIV APLICACIONES Y TECNOLOGÍA, S.L., Covadonga Coca.
GENERAL STATE ADMINISTRATION, Raúl Blanco; BASQUE GOVERNMENT, Estíbaliz Hernáez, Alberto Fernández, Alexander Arriola, Iñaki Aldekogarai, Adolfo Morais, María Aguirre Rueda; PROVINCIAL COUNCIL OF ARABA, Javier Hernando; PROVINCIAL COUNCIL OF BIZKAIA, Joseba Mariezkurrena; PROVINCIAL COUNCIL OF GIPUZKOA, Jon Gurrutxaga; UPV/EHU, José Luis Martín González.
FREELY APPOINTED TRUSTEES:
José María Mato de la Paz (Knowledge Community Trustee), Jon Azúa Mendia, Manuel Salaverria Monfort, Josep Maria Martorell Rodon, Carlos de Palacio Oriol, Iván Martén Uliarte, Marieta del Rivero Bermejo, Miguel Ángel Morell Fuertes.
BILBAO CITY COUNCIL, Iosu Madariaga; DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIÁN CITY COUNCIL, Eneko Goia Laso; VITORIA - GASTEIZ CITY COUNCIL, Igor Salazar Ochoa; ADEGI, Patxi Sasigain; CEBEK, Iñaki Garcinuño; SEA - EMPRESARIOS ALAVESES, Pascal Gómez.
As part of the BRTA (Basque Research and Technology Alliance), TECNALIA is a benchmark Research and Technological Development Centre for Europe, with 1,400 professionals representing 30 different nationalities, focusing on transforming technology into GDP to improve people's quality of life, by creating business opportunities for companies. Its key areas of action are: Digital Transformation, Advanced Manufacturing, Energy Transition, Sustainable Mobility, Urban Ecosystem and Health.