Antonio Vázquez Romero
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Romero joined Iberia in 2005 as a member of the board in representation of Logista, then a major stockholder, a position he held until 2007. With the proposed merger of Iberia and British Airways, Romero is also slated to become Chairman of International Airlines Group, the holding company that will control the merged entities.
Before his appointment as executive president of Iberia, Romero worked in the Tabacalera group, later Altadis. He joined Tabacalera in April, 1993, as manager of international business development. In December, 1996, he was named managing director of the cigar division, remaining in the position until May 14, 2005. He is credited with playing a decisive role in the achievement of world leadership by Altadis in this sector.
In May, 2005, he was named chairman of the Altadis board and co-president of the company. In June of the same year, he was appointed as chairman of the executive committee and CEO of the Altadis group.
In January, 2008, he resigned all his posts in the Altadis group, and left the company in August. In June of that year, he was named CEO of Telefónica Internacional. In 1998 he was appointed as a member of the board of Aldeasa, a position he held for ten years.
From 1978 until he joined Tabacalera in 1993, Vázquez worked in consumer product companies, such as the Osborne group and the Domecq group. In the 1974-1978 period he worked for Arthur Andersen & Co (today Accenture).
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