The American Chamber of Commerce in Spain Awards the Global Business Leader Award 2011 to Victor Grifols Roura, President and CEO of GrifolsBy American Chamber Of Commerce In Spain, PRNE
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The award recognizes business people who foster responsible economic globalization
BARCELONA, Spain, April 6, 2011 - The American Chamber of Commerce in Spain (AmChamSpain) has chosen the
president and CEO of Grifols, Victor Grifols Roura, as the winner of its
Global Business Leader Award 2011. This award aims to recognize the
international efforts of business leaders, whether Spanish or American, who
have contributed to responsible economic globalization.
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Jaime Malet, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain,
said, "With this award we want to reward various national business
personalities who, like Victor Grifols, have made an outstanding commitment
to internationalization and thus to strengthening bilateral relations between
the U.S. and Spain."
In the case of Grifols Roura, the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain
is rewarding his business leadership and the hard work he has dedicated in
his more than 30 years running the company. Since Grifols Roura joined the
company in 1973 as general export manager, he has successfully promoted the
development and internationalization of Grifols and has put it among the top
five companies in the plasma derivatives sector worldwide.
The award ceremony for the Global Business Leader Award 2011 will take
place on April 6 at the Madrid Stock Exchange. It will be chaired by the
Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Miguel Sebastian, the U.S.
ambassador to Spain, Alan D. Solomot, and the President of the American
Chamber of Commerce in Spain, Jaime Malet, who will all present the award.
About the Grifols group
Grifols has been a publicly traded company since 2006 and has been part
of the IBEX-35 since 2008. The turnover in 2010 reached 990.7 million euros,
an increase of 8.5%. In 2010, 77% of its turnover was from foreign markets. A
major investment plan of 433 million euros until 2012 will ensure the growth
of the group.
Grifols is an important member of the American Chamber of Commerce in
Spain and one of the top five companies in the plasma derivatives sector
worldwide. Its presence in the U.S. was established in 1990, as it was one of
the pioneer investors in this market. Starting in 2002 it began to intensify
its strategy to penetrate the U.S. market through acquisitions, since
internationalization is one of the main factors for growth. It is present in
more than 90 countries and has 23 affiliates around the world.
Grifols is one of the Spanish groups with the highest presence in the
U.S., where in 2010 its turnover reached 338 million euros, representing 34%
of total group revenues and a growth of 22.5% over the previous year. It
employs more than 3,000 people.
Between now and 2012 Grifols will invest more than 210 million euros in
the U.S., the world's largest plasma derivatives market.
The American Chamber of Commerce in Spain (AmChamSpain) is a leading,
non-political, non-profit organization whose members include over 400 U.S.
and Spanish companies. Its membership is composed of Spanish subsidiaries of
major American companies, as well as almost all of the companies indexed on
the IBEX-35 and a significant number of SMEs from both countries.
AmChamSpain was founded in 1917 and is part of the American Chamber of
Commerce, a U.S. organization. With its 3.7 million member companies and its
network of 115 AmChams in other countries, the American Chamber of Commerce
is the largest business organization in the world. AmChamSpain members
combined represent aggregate sales in Spain accounting for approximately 248
billion euros, approximately 24% of the Spanish GDP and generate over a
million jobs. AmChamSpain's main objective is to improve Spain's
competitiveness, productivity and internationalization, to stimulate trade
and investment between the USA and Spain, and to promote the transfer of
The Executive Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain is
headed by its president Jaime Malet, and comprises the CEOs and heads of
Cisco (Jordi Botifoll), Morgan Stanley (Luis Isasi), Cobega (Alfonso Libano),
Indra (Javier Monzon), McKinsey (Alejandro Beltran), Alcoa (Jose Ramon
Camino), Damm (Demetrio Carceller), UPS (Daniel Carrera), General Electric
(Rafael Diaz-Granados), Microsoft (Maria Garana), Citigroup (Ignacio
Gutierrez-Orrantia), 3M (Jorge Lopez), Chartis Europe (Alvaro Mengotti),
Manpower (Carmen Mur), Bank of America - Merrill Lynch (Javier Oficaldegui),
Lilly (Eric Patrouillard), Gonvarri (Jon Riberas), Pfizer (Elvira Sanz),
Burson-Marsteller (Carmen Valera), IBM (Juan Antonio Zufiria), Coram
Clairfield (Brian O'Hare), MC (Luis Ruiz) and the U.S. Commercial Service,
U.S. Embassy (Ellen Lenny-Pessagno).
Chris Healey, +1-202-302-2521, chris.healey at grifols.com
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