Mikel Urizarbarrena

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Mikel Urizarbarrena (born in Zaldibar, Basque Country, Spain) is the founder and former CEO of Antivirus Software maker Panda Software.[1]

He founded the company in 1990, along with his wife (current vice chairman of the company) and two other friends, in the town of Durango, Biscay.

His company began as a developer of educational software for driver teaching schools. Mikel shifted his company to the antivirus market. After developing the new software, his company won a contract with IBM in Spain for distributing his software with their OEM computers[citation needed].

According to French national newspaper L'Express, Urizarbarrena is a member of the Church of Scientology whose first donation of $40,000 in 1996 has been repeated regularly since.[2]


  1. ^ "Mikel Urizarbarrena, Premio Emprendedor 2004, reclama valentía a los empresarios". ABC.es (in Spanish). ABC Periódico Electrónico. 2005-02-26. Retrieved 2009-03-06. 
  2. ^ http://www.lexpress.fr/informations/droits-de-reponse_642267.html (in french)