Top most influential people, November 2018


Week by week, a selection of the three most prominent people 




Week from 12 to 18

Javier Solana

Member of the board at Fundació Bancària "la Caixa"

The Fundació Bancària "la Caixa" has awarded 75 research and innovation grants to national and international researchers who will develop their projects in universities and research centers in Spain and Portugal around the theme: "Questions for the future". Since the creation of the "la Caixa" Scholarship Program, the entity has allocated 400 million euros for excellence training, research and innovation.

Carles Navarro

Chairman at FEIQUE

The General Director at BASF Spain and head of the BASF Group in the Iberian Peninsula, has been elected as the new President of the Business Federation of the Spanish Chemical Industry. FEIQUE represents the Spanish chemical sector that generates 13.4% of GDP and in 2017 reached a turnover of 63,100 million euros.

Josep Martínez Vila

Chief Executive Officer SABA

The Col·legi d'Economistes de Catalunya has awarded the CEO of SABA, Josep Martínez Vila, as the best economist of the company in 2018, in recognition of his management at the company since 2011 and his career linked to the Abertis Group.

Week from 5 to 11

Josep Valls Esquerda

Chairman at Valls Companys

The Lleida Group Vall Companys, one of the largest livestock companies in Europe, has reached a historical record of sales and profits in 2017. The group has increased its turnover by 10%, reaching 1,646 million euros, and in a 30% profits, which exceed 107 million euros.

Toni Ruiz Tubau

Chairman at Mango

Mango Textile Group has reordered its board of directors and appointed Toni Ruiz as the new CEO. With a network of 2,190 points of sale and presence in 110 countries, Mango billed 2,194 million euros in 2017.

Patrici Tixis

Chairman at FICOMIC

From the 1st to the 4th of November, the XXIV Edition of the Salón del Manga, organized by FICOMIC, will be held at the Fira Barcelona de Montjuic. This year the Hall occupies 75,000 m2, with 222 exhibitors and it is expected to equal the attendance of the previous year (148,000 visitors) despite having one day less opening.