Press release

Jesús Valero, new Managing Director of TECNALIA

20 July 2021
Jesús Valero, nuevo director general de TECNALIA

Donostia-San Sebastian, May 20, 2021. At the Extraordinary Board of Trustees meeting held this morning in Donostia-San Sebastian, TECNALIA appointed Jesús Valero, until now Deputy Director General of Technology, as the new Managing Director of the centre.

Valero (San Sebastian, 1968) has a PhD in Biological Sciences and extensive training and experience in business management and marketing. His career has always been linked to the business world in the field of innovation and technology. After six years as the centre's Director of Health, he took over as Deputy Managing Director of Technology in 2019. He has a vast knowledge of the centre, the world of research and its business environment, and is now embarking on a new phase at the helm of TECNALIA.

With this appointment, TECNALIA is entering a new phase in managing the lines of action planned for its next Strategic Plan, which are in line with the changes associated with digital transformation, advanced manufacturing, the energy transition, sustainable mobility, the urban ecosystem and health.

With the appointment of the new managing director, TECNALIA is also complying with Decree 109/2015 of June 23, which regulates and updates the composition of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network (RVCTI), and was approved by the then Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the Basque Government. This decree now makes having a PhD a prerequisite for being a managing director of a Basque technology centre. This requirement only affects the position of managing director and does not apply to other executives with regard to carrying out other tasks or functions at RVCTI centres.

TECNALIA is grateful for the efforts, involvement and commitment of Iñaki San Sebastián, who became managing director in 2015, and has been associated with TECNALIA since the very beginnings of the centre.