Mr Amancio Ortega has chaired the board of trustees of the foundation that bears his name since it was founded in 2001. This institution, created thanks to his personal initiative, channels his and his family’s concern to promote the welfare of others.
Born into a working family in 1936, he began working in the textile trade at a very young age. In 1963, he launched his first clothing company, the seed of Inditex Group. Creator of Zara (1975) and chairman of Inditex until 2011, he is currently still a member of its board of directors. Through the company Pontegadea which he chairs, he has a majority stake in Inditex. During his day-to-day, he combines his work at Inditex and his role as a member of the board of this company with his roles as chief executive of Pontegadea Group and chairman of the Amancio Ortega Foundation.
Mrs Flora Pérez Marcote, Mr Amancio Ortega’s wife, joined Amancio Ortega Gaona Foundation's Board of Trustees in March 2003 and was named vice chairwoman in 2005.
She has had a long career at Inditex Group and has always worked there, managing areas related to design and purchasing products. She has experience working as a company director since 1992. Since 2005, she has been a member of Inditex’s board of directors as a representative of Pontegadea, where she is the first vice chairwoman.
Mr José Arnau Sierra has been a member of Amancio Ortega Foundation’s Board of Trustees since it was founded it 2001.
He is executive vice chairman of Pontegadea Group, vice chairman of Inditex and a member of various boards of directors as a representative of Pontegadea as well as a member of the board of trustees of several foundations. He holds a law degree from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela and he is a state tax inspector. He held various positions at the Spanish Internal Revenue Service before joining Inditex in 1993 as director of the tax department. He has been the chief executive of Pontegadea since it was founded in 2001.
Ms Marta Ortega Pérez, Amancio Ortega and Flora Pérez Marcote’s daughter, has been a member of Amancio Ortega Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2015.
She began her professional career at Inditex in 2007 after graduating with a degree in international business from European Business School, a constituent school of Regent’s University London. She spent her first stage at Inditex carrying out professional tasks in different international destinations and business areas of the group. Currently, her work at the company is carried out in Zara Woman and mostly has to do with product design and development.
Mr Pablo Isla Álvarez de Tejera joined Amancio Ortega Foundation's Board of Trustees in 2005, the same year he was named vice chairman and CEO of Inditex. He has been chairman of this company since 2011 when he replaced Mr Amancio Ortega.
Holding a law degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a government attorney, between 1992 and 1996 he was the director of legal services at Banco Popular. He was later appointed managing director of the national heritage department at the Ministry of Economy and Finance. From July 2000 to 2005, he was chairman of Altadis group. He is currently a board member at Nestlé.
He holds a law degree from Universidad de Oviedo. He is a government attorney currently on leave. Currently, he is general secretary and secretary of the board of directors as well as regulations compliance manager at Inditex S.A, a company he represents in various national and European forums and institutions, especially in the areas of associationism and business competitiveness, industrial property, sustainability and good corporate governance.
In the academic field, he has been professor of administrative law at the University of A Coruña (UDC). He is currently chairman of the Social Council at UDC and of the Social Council Conference of Spanish Universities.