The Council of Ministers has appointed Belén Gualda this Tuesday as the new president of the State Society of Industrial Participations (SEPI). The SEPI had been headless since October 1, 2019, when Vicente Fernández, its then president, resigned after hearing the reopening of the case regarding the award of the Aznalcóllar mine for which it is being investigated. Until this moment, the SEPI was chaired ‘in office’ by Bartolomé Lora, vice president of the organ.
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Gualda (Granada, 1974) was currently the president of Navantia, a position she had held since September 2020. She is a Civil Engineer, with a final grade of outstanding in her undergraduate studies and accumulates extensive experience in management positions within from the public business sector, in which he has developed a large part of his professional career. It highlights the recent task carried out at the head of the Andalusian Public Works Agency in important infrastructure projects.
Gualda has been the youngest professional that Navantia has had at the helm throughout its history, adding to this managerial experience the participation between 2008 and 2019 in various boards of directors and governing boards of different mercantile companies and public business agencies with participation also of private capital, as explained by SEPI in a statement.
The new president of the public entity assumes the position when the SEPI takes center stage as the body that grants bailouts to companies through the Fund for Support to the Solvency of Companies, endowed with 10,000 million, and with the controversy over the concession aid to the airline Plus Ultra.