Confederacion Espanola De Organizaciones Empresariales
The Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain, CEOE, founded in 1977, is the organisation which represents and defends the interests of the Spanish employers.
CEOE is the most representative business organisation in Spain being the economic and social partner to the Government, the Public Administrations, the trade unions, the political parties and third institutions at National, European and International levels.
It voluntarily groups together almost 2 million companies and self-employed entrepreneurs of all sizes and from all sectors of activity, through base associations networked within 240 sectoral and territorial organisations.
CEOE is ruled by independent and democratic governing bodies which determine the strands of action of the Confederation: the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and the General Assembly.
President of the Spanish Confederation of Employers and Industries (CEOE)
Entrepreneur born in Getxo (Biscay) on February 8, 1958. He holds a Law Degree from Deusto University. From a young age he was focused on the business world on a triple front: the family business, projects started by himself and having a presence at the Boards of Directors and Advisory Councils of large companies.
In the past he has served as general delegate of LA EQUITATIVA S.A. in Biscay, CEO of BANKOA S.A, insurance brokerage, Chairman of HANDYMAN S.L, Chairman of GRUPO NEGOCIOS DE EDICIONES Y PUBLICACIONES S.A. (group who owns newspaper La Gaceta de los Negocios, Intereconomía Radio and Magazine Dinero), Director at BABCOCK & WILCOX ESPAÑOLA S.A., Director at ALBURA S.A., Director at RED ELÉCTRICA DE ESPAÑA S.A. Chairman of the Committee on Corporate Governance and CSR, Director at TUBOS REUNIDOS S.A., Vice-Chairman of ENTEL IBAI S.A and member of the Advisory Boards at ALTA GESTIÓN S.A., SODEXHO S.A. and SODEXHO PASS S.A. Today, his private business activity is focused on the metal, construction, real estate, insurance and hospitality industries, participating as a shareholder or director in various companies.
He also started at a young age to participate in entrepreneurial organizations, which led him to become Founding President of the Association of Young Entrepreneurs of the Basque Country (AJEBASK), subsequently becoming chairman of the Spanish Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (CEAJE), and a little later chairman of the Latin American Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (CIJE), chairman of the Energy Commission at CEOE. He has also been Chairman of CEOE’s Business Creation Commission.
At a territorial level, he’s been a Member of the Board of the Entrepreneurial Confederation of Biscay (CEBEK). At present, Antonio Garamendi holds the following positions: Vice-Chairman of CEOE, Chairman of CEPYME and CONFEMETAL. He is also a member of the FORMETAL Foundation, the Executive Committee for the Metal Industry in Biscay and Biscay’s Chamber of Commerce as well as of the Instituto de Estudios Económicos (Institute of Economic Studies).
Antonio Garamendi has also belonged to the Board of the GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM in Bilbao, he has been a Member of BILBAO METRÓPOLI -30 and Biscay’s Chamber of Property and is President of the AYUDARE FOUNDATION, whose main activity is open drinking water wells in Ethiopia.