Tecnalia. Inspiring Business

Tecnalia. Inspiring Business

Emiliano López Atxurra, new Chairman of TECNALIA


At the Board of Trustees meeting held today in Donostia-San Sebastián

Emiliano Lopéz Atxurra, on behalf of Petronor, has been unanimously elected Chairman of TECNALIA by the Board of Trustees today in Donostia-San Sebastián. He takes over from Javier Ormazabal, at the helm of the centre since 2010. In his appointment, López Atxurra has declared that “we are living intense times. It is good to recognise our past, take a firm stand and look to the future with passion to survive in these times. I take on my role as Chairman from the standpoint of our philosophy and world-view and our commitment to the future”.

He has also stated that “TECNALIA has the structure to be an agent to reckon with in the European technological and industrial renaissance and become the spearhead of the Spanish technological-industrial environment. It has to be an institution that acts as a permanent innovation booster that stimulates the production of new ideas within the private sector. And it must also make use of its ability to combine both past and future, becoming a centre that stimulates the virtuous triangle: talent, collaboration and the production system”.

To conclude, he has said a few words to TECNALIA researchers to remind them that the present and the future are in their hands. “You have chosen to feel true passion for improving and discovering things. This is a wonderful way of living. And a way of understanding LIFE. I’m at your disposal, as my circumstances may allow, to help you move forward”, has said.

Lawyer and with postgraduate studies in international affairs and European law, López Atxurra has built up his professional experience in different sectors (utilities, infrastructures, strategic urban developments) and particularly, over the last twenty years, in the field of energy.

After standing out in the 1990s as an adviser to the high-level strategic management of different companies such as Caisse de Depot and Development (Transdev), General des Eaux, Abertis or Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya, he began to develop his professional activity from 1998 in the field of energy for various international companies such as Caixa Holding or Gas Natural. In 2005, he was appointed Board Member of Petronor and from April of that year he was Acting Executive Chairman of the company.

New Board of Trustees

In today’s meeting the new Board of Trustees has also been appointed, which is now formed as follows:


AERNNOVA AEROSPACE, S.A.U., Juan Ignacio López Gandásegui; ARTECHE CENTRO DE TECNOLOGÍA, A.I.E., Santiago Rementería; CEMENTOS LEMONA, S.A., Juan Ignacio Lecumberri; CESA-COMPAÑÍA ESPAÑOLA DE SISTEMAS AERONÁUTICOS, S.A., Eduardo Chamorro; CIE AUTOMOTIVE, S.A., José Esmorís; CONSTRUCCIONES Y AUXILIAR DE FERROCARRILES, S.A. (CAF), Imanol Iturrioz; EPTISA CINSA INGENIERÍA Y CALIDAD, S.A., Jesús Gonzalo García; EUSKALTEL, S.A., Manuel Salaverria; EXCAVACIONES VIUDA DE SAINZ, S.A., Pedro Sáinz; FAGOR EDERLAN, S.COOP., Juan María Palencia; FEDERACION ESPAÑOLA DE ASOCIACIONES DE FUNDIDORES, Ignacio Sáenz de Gorbea; GAMESA INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY, S.L.U., José Antonio Malumbres; GERDAU ACEROS ESPECIALES EUROPA, S.L., José Antonio Jainaga; GRUPO IGUALMEQUISA, S.A., José Andrés Gorricho: IBARMIA INNOVATEK, S.L.U, Koldo Arandia; IBERDROLA, S.A., Pedro Martínez; IBERMÁTICA, S.A., José Ignacio del Río; INGETEAM, S.A., Alejandro Belaustegui; KUTXABANK, S.A., Fernando Irigoyen; PETRÓLEOS DEL NORTE, S.A. (PETRONOR), Emiliano López Atxurra; SAPA PLACENCIA, S.L., Ibón Aperribay; TUBACEX, S.A., Diego Herrero de la Torre; VELATIA, S.L., Javier Ormazabal; VICINAY CADENAS, S.A., Jesús Navas; ZIV APLICACIONES Y TECNOLOGIA, S.L., Norberto Santiago.


BASQUE GOVERNMENT, Estíbaliz Hernáez, Leyre Bilbao, María Aguirre, Alexander Arriola, Aitor Patxi Oregi, Adolfo Morais; ARABA PROVINCIAL COUNCIL, Javier Hernando; BIZKAIA PROVINCIAL COUNCIL, José María Bilbao; GIPUZKOA PROVINCIAL COUNCIL, Garikoitz Agote; UPV/EHU, Amaia Maseda.


Jon Azua, Pedro Miguel Etxenike, Mª Carmen Gallastegui, Iñaki Garmendia, Joseba Jauregizar, Montserrat Pardo and José Tesán.


BILBAO CITY COUNCIL, Mikel Álvarez; DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIÁN CITY COUNCIL, Ernesto Gasco; VITORIA-GASTEIZ CITY COUNCIL, Álvaro Iturritxa; ADEGI, Pello Guibelalde; CEBEK, Iñaki Garcinuño; SEA – Empresarios Alaveses, Pascal Gómez.


TECNALIA Research & Innovation is the first Private Applied Research and Technological Development Centre in Spain and one of the most important centres in Europe; with 1,400 experts from over 30 different nationalities, focusing on transforming technology into GDP to improve people's quality of life, by creating business opportunities for companies. Inspiring Business is a synthesis of two concepts that go hand in hand: imagining and making it come true. TECNALIA's differential value.

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