At its ordinary meeting held today, the Board of Directors of Enagás approved the appointment by co-optation of Arturo Gonzalo Aizpiri as Executive Director of Enagás, replacing Marcelino Oreja Arburúa, at the proposal of the Chairman, Antonio Llardén.
The Chairman of Enagás, Antonio Llardén, has announced that, following international best practices in Corporate Governance, he has decided to hand over his executive duties to the new CEO. Mr Llardén will continue as Non-executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors. This decision, which has been approved by the Board of Directors, culminates the process undertaken in 2012 when the figure of Chief Executive Officer was incorporated into the Company.
Arturo Gonzalo Aizpiri has extensive experience in the energy sector, especially in the regulatory and environmental fields, and his profile fits the company’s needs at this time of transition, in which European regulatory issues will be decisive in the future of the company, as well as the definition of the role of TSOs in the decarbonisation process.
He holds a PhD cum laude in Chemical Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid and in his professional career he has held positions of the highest responsibility in the private and public sectors.
He has been a member of the Repsol team since 1990, where he held senior management positions, including Executive Managing Director of People and Organisation and Executive Managing Director of Communication, Institutional Relations and Chairman’s Office, and was also responsible for the Audit, Control and Risk departments. In addition, throughout his extensive professional experience, he has held responsibilities for Research, Environment and Quality.
In the public sector, he has been Director General of the Environmental Agency of the Community of Madrid, Director General of Environmental Policy and Secretary General for the Prevention of Pollution and Climate Change in the Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Spain.
He has also been Chairman of the World Energy Council's Spanish Committee and Vice-chairman of the Spanish Energy Club.
The Board of Directors has decided to propose to the next General Shareholders’ Meeting, to be held on 30 and 31 March, the renewal of Antonio Llardén Carratalá and the ratification of Arturo Gonzalo Aizpiri as Directors.
Moreover, at the proposal of the Sustainability, Appointments and Remuneration Committee, the Board of Directors has decided to propose to the General Shareholders’ Meeting the renewal of Ana Palacio as Independent Director and the appointment -also as Independent Directors- of David Sandalow, María Teresa Costa Campi, Manuel Gabriel González Ramos, and Clara García Fernández-Muro to replace Ignacio Grangel, Antonio Hernández-Mancha, Isabel Tocino and Gonzalo Solana, whose terms of office expire in 2022.
With these proposals to the General Shareholders’ Meeting, the Company will implement the most demanding international and national recommendations in the field of Corporate Governance and will have a Non-executive Chairman and a CEO, the number of women on the Board of Directors will exceed 40%, more than 70% of Directors will be independent; and a certain renewal of Directors is carried out to meet the new challenges that the company faces in the decarbonisation process in the coming years, also giving continuity to its key role as TSO and operator of energy infrastructures.
The notice of the General Shareholders’ Meeting will be published in the next few days.
The Board thanks Marcelino Oreja Arburúa
Marcelino Oreja Arburúa has served as Chief Executive Officer of Enagás since 2012. The Enagás Board of Directors has acknowledged and thanked Marcelino Oreja for his work over the years, during which the Company, among other challenges, has developed an internationalisation process that has led it to be present in 7 countries.