Top most influential people, September 2018


Week by week, a selection of the three most prominent people 


Week from 24 to 30

Mercè Conesa

President at Port de Barcelona

The Port of Barcelona has presented PierNext, a digital hub to disseminate innovative initiatives in the world of logistics, transport and ports.

Montse Martí

Director of Business Development at MartíDerm

Montse Martí, along with Mª Helena Antolín (Vice President Group Antolín) and Rocío Hervella (Managing Director Prosol), were awarded at the eleventh edition of the Women's Entrepreneurial Challengers International Conference (IWEC), a global network of women entrepreneurs, held in Shanghai.

Pol Morillas

Political scientist

The Board of the Barcelona Center for International Affairs (CIDOB) has named, after an international competition, Pol Morillas as the new director of the entity, replacing Jordi Bacaria

Week from 17 to 23

Sergio Oslé

Chairman at Movistar+

Following the agreement reached in May between Telefónica and Netflix, the contents of this last platform will be available on Movistar + starting next December.

Marcos Garzo

General Manager Nike Iberia

Nike has chosen Barcelona to open its first Nike Live in Europe in 2019, which will be located in El Corte Inglés of Portal del Ángel. The Nike Live of Barcelona will be the third in the world after Los Angeles and Tokyo.

Manu Guix


The tandem formed by Àngel Llàcer and Manu Guix direct a version of the musical "La jaula de las locas" by Herman and Fierstein, at the Teatre Tivoli in Barcelona, in a production of Nostromo Live.

Week from 10 to 16

Isidro Fainé

President of Fundació Bancària "la Caixa"

Isidro Fainé has been recognized with the award for philanthropy granted by Forbes magazine in recognition of the social work he has done at the head of the Fundació Bancària "la Caixa", which concentrates 90% of the assets of all Spanish foundations.


Moon Myeong Young

Executive Vice President of Asiana Airlines

Since August 30, Asiana Airlines connects Barcelona and Seoul with a direct flight that will link both cities with four weekly flights.

Román de Vicente

Managing Director of Anagrama

De Vicente has been named Managing Director of the Anagrama publishing house, taking over from Oriol Castanys. De Vicente is vice president of the Gremi d'Editors and member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Publishers' Guilds of Spain.

Week from 3 to 9

Christina Scheppelman

Artistic Director of the Liceu

The Gran Teatre del Liceu will begin its new season, on September 14, with the return of the National Dance Company, which will offer the ballet Don Quijote by Ludwig Minkus choreographed by its director José Carlos Martínez.


Thomas Meyer

CEO of Desigual

The founder and CEO of Desigual is once again the sole owner of the company, having repurchased from the French group Eurazeo 10% of the capital it acquired in 2014. Desigual, founded in 1984, has more than 4,500 employees, is present in a hundred countries and has more than 500 own stores.

Jose Gallardo

Chairman at Almirall

The pharmaceutical company Almirall consolidates and reinforces its presence in the United States with the purchase, for 550 million dollars, of a portfolio of five products from the Medical Dermatology division of the Allergan company.