José María Álvarez-Pallete

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José María Álvarez-Pallete
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José María Álvarez-Pallete López
Personal details
Born (1963-12-12) 12 December 1963 (age 55)
Madrid, Spain
OccupationEconomist, Director

José María Álvarez-Pallete López (born 12 December 1963, Madrid) is a Spanish economist and chief executive officer in Telefonica of Telefónica S.A. since 8 April 2016.

Career at Telefónica[edit]

In February 1999, he joined the Telefónica Group as de of Telefónica Internacional SA, and on September of that same year he took up the post of Managing Director of the Corporate & Finance in Telefónica S.A.. In July 2002, he was appointed Executive Chairman of Telefonica International S.A.,[1] in July 2006, Managing Director of Latin America Telefonica,[2] and in March 2009, President of Latin America Telefonica.[3] In September 2011, he was promoted to chief executive officer (CEO) of Telefónica Europe;[4] at that time, he developed Wayra, the accelerator of Startup Company in Latin America and Spain.

He is Managing Director of Telefónica S.A. since 17 September 2012,[5] and he became also a member of the Administrative Board of Telefónica S.A. in July 2006. In addition to this, he is a member of the Executive Committee of Telefónica.

On 20 March 2016, César Alierta left the position of chief executive officer (CEO) of Telefónica S.A.. and named José Maria Álvarez-Pallete as his successor, who took up the CEO position on 8 April 2016,[6][7]

Other activities[edit]

Corporate boards[edit]

Non-profit organizations[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Álvarez-Pallete with Lenin Moreno, president of Ecuador, in 2017.
  • In July 2007, he was awarded the Master of Gold of the High Direction Forum.[11]
  • In 2011, he received the award of the Economics Person of the Year from the journal El Economista.[12]
  • In 2014, José María Álvarez-Pallete received the Sorolla Medal of the la Hispanic Society of America and was recognized as "Innovative Corporate Leader of the Year" by the Latin Trade Magazine.[13]
  • In 2014, Fast Company Magazine ranked him in the Most Creative People 2014.[14]
  • In 2017, Forbes magazine recognized José María Álvarez-Pallete as the best CEO of companies that quoted in Spain in 2016.[15]
  • In 2019, he received the "Manager of the Year" award in the Large Corporations category granted by the Asociación Española de Directivos .[16]


  1. ^ Ediciones Invertia. "Telefónica aprueba una reestructuración de su cúpula directiva". Invertia. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2002. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ Ediciones El Economista. "Telefónica remueve su cúpula directiva para enfocarse al negocio móvil y Latinoamérica directiva". El Economista. Retrieved 26 July 2006.
  3. ^ Ediciones Expansión. "Dos pilares para la nueva Telefónica". Expansión. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  4. ^ Ediciones Cinco Días. "Telefónica refuerza su cúpula directiva en Latinoamérica para ganar eficiencia". Cinco Días. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
  5. ^ Ediciones El Huffington Post. "José María Álvarez-Pallete, nuevo consejero delegado de Telefónica y número dos de César Alierta". El Huffington Post. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  6. ^ Ediciones El País. "Alierta anuncia que deja la presidencia de Telefónica". El País. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  7. ^ Ediciones El Confidencial. "Álvarez-Pallete, nombrado nuevo presidente ejecutivo de Telefónica". El Confidencial. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  8. ^ Board of Directors Endeavor.
  9. ^ Members European Round Table of Industrialists.
  10. ^ Board of Trustees Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
  11. ^ Canal Forum (2007). "Ediciones Anteriores De Los Premios "Master De Oro"".
  12. ^ El Economista (2011). "La Noche de la Economía premia la labor de Telefónica, Inditex, Grifols, Universia y Siro".
  13. ^ Región Digital (2014). "José María Álvarez-Pallete recibe la medalla Soralla de la Hispanic Society of America".
  14. ^ Fast Company (2014). "José María Álvarez-Pallete".
  15. ^ "Los mejores CEO 2016". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
  16. ^ "AED premia a los Directivos del Año 2019".