Professional profile

The biography and professional profile of each of the Directors of Línea Directa Aseguradora are shown next.

 

Alfonso Botín-Sanz de Sautuola y Naveda 

Chairman (representative of Cartival, SA)

Graduated Magna Cum Laude in Economics and Classical Civilizations from Boston University. 

He worked at Salomon Brothers, Corporate Finance and M&A until 1995. Since 1995 he has managed several areas of Bankinter within the Business Banking Division and was placed in charge of creating the Venture Capital Division.

He is currently Director of Bankinter S.A. and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Linea Directa Aseguradora S.A. 

Alfonso Botín-Sanz de Sautuola y Naveda brings extensive experience in both the financial and insurance sectors to the Board of Directors of Línea Directa Aseguradora.

 

Miguel Ángel Merino 

CEO

Miguel Ángel Merino studied law at the Complutense University of Madrid. He graduated in Insurance, specialising in Reinsurance and has completed the Master's degree in Insurance from the Institute of Cooperative Research among Insurance Entities.

He has developed most of his professional career in Línea Directa Aseguradora, a company he joined in 1995 as Claims Director, participating in the creation and start-up of the Company. In 2007 he took over Línea Directa Asistencia, during this time the optimisation of its processes and its commitment to excellence and quality in service became renowned.

Miguel Ángel Merino was appointed General Manager of Línea Directa Aseguradora in 2010, and then as CEO, a position he has held since 2014. During his years at the helm of Línea Directa Aseguradora he has promoted a strategy based on innovation, quality and commitment to people, which has allowed the Company to increase its client portfolio and profits, remaining a leader in direct insurance sales. 

Miguel Ángel Merino González brings extensive experience and a deep knowledge of the insurance sector to the Board of Directors.

 

John de Zulueta Greenebaum

Independent Director

John de Zulueta holds a degree in Contemporary History from Stanford University (California) and an MBA with honours from the Columbia University in New York. 

His long professional career includes time as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco, as well as his time as Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo in Barcelona, Chairman of Cadbury Schweppes Spain, Vice Chairman of Schweppes in Southern Europe and CEO of Schweppes S.A.

He is currently Vice Chairman of the Bankinter Foundation and patron of this Foundation and the DKV, Everis and Caser Foundations.

As for his experience in the insurance sector, he was CEO of the Sanitas Group (Bupa Group) in Spain for 14 years, four of which were as Chairman of the Board. 

He is currently Founding Partner of Point Lobos, a healthcare management consultancy and President of the Circle of Entrepreneurs. 

John de Zulueta Greenebaum brings extensive experience in both the financial and insurance sectors to the Board of Directors, as well as in-depth knowledge in corporate governance.

 

Ana María Plaza Arregui

Independent Director

Ana María Plaza Arregui holds a Degree in Economic and Business Sciences (Company branch) from the University of Córdoba. She has studies in Geography and History from the University of Córdoba and UNED.  She has completed the Program for Management Development at the IESE, Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at HARVARD Kennedy School, the Digital Business Senior Management Program at The Valley Digital Business School, and ESADE's Training Programme for Directors and Corporate Governance.

Ana María Plaza Arregui's professional career began in the world of auditing and subsequently, as CFO, she has maintained close contact with auditing, as well as accounting and finance.

She is currently chair of the Audit Committee of several Boards of which she is a member.

She has an in-depth knowledge of all issues related to the review of financial and non-financial information, risk identification and internal control systems, regulatory and criminal compliance, as well as maintaining a relationship with external and internal auditors. 
She also has knowledge of the insurance sector and financial services, accumulated during her years of executive experience because of her relationship with both worlds.

 

Fernando Masaveu Herrero

Propietary Director

Fernando Masaveu holds a Law Degree from the University of Navarra and is currently the Executive Chairman of Corporación Masaveu, S.A., Chairman of Cementos Tudela Veguin, S.A., Masaveu Internacional, S.L., Oppidum Capital, S.L. and Sociedad Americana Masaveu Real Estate US Delaware LLC (Masaveu Group), Director at American Cement Advisors Inc., AEGEAN International and AEGEAN SGPS, Director at Flicka Forestal, S.L. member of the General and Supervisory Board of EDP, S.A. and member of the Strategy and Performance Committee and the Maturities Committee, Chairman of the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation and the San Ignacio de Loyola Foundation, and Patron and member of the Executive Committee and the Heritage Committee of the Princess of Asturias Foundation.

He was previously a director of Banco Herrero y Rioja Alta, S.A. and Vice Chairman of the OFICEMEN, the Spanish Cement Association.

He joined the Masaveu Group in 1993, where he has discharged various functions, currently holding the Chairmanship of the Group, which operates in various sectors such as energy, financial, industrial, cement and real estate. He represents the Masaveu Group in numerous national and international companies, foundations and corporations.

 

Rita Estévez Luaña

Independent Director

Rita Estévez holds a Degree in Economics and Business and a Law Degree from the Comillas Pontifical University ICADE and has completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the IESE Business School and ESADE's Training Programme for Directors and Corporate Governance. 

She has extensive experience on boards of directors and is currently CEO and Chair of Experian and Chair of the Association of Spanish Companies Against Fraud. 

She was CEO in Spain of GE Financial Services for more than six years, so she is fully aware of the particularities of the insurance sector.

She has experience in the management and definition of corporate risk policies and regulatory compliance, as well as in the establishment of control measures to ensure the adequate corporate governance of the Company

 

Elena Otero-Novas Miranda

Independent Director

Elena Otero-Novas holds a Law Degree from the Complutense University of Madrid, joined the State Lawyers Corps in 1993 (for which she was selected in open competition), and has done the Corporate Finance Programme and Women on Boards of Directors Programme both run by the IESE Business School of Navarre. 

She is currently Secretary of the Board and Director of Legal, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Security of Vodafone Spain and its subsidiaries, non-executive Chair of the Spanish Court of Arbitration, part of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and State Lawyer on leave.

She has been General Secretary of the Board and Director General of Legal Advisory of Sacyr and State Lawyer with consultative and contentious functions in various destinations, such as the Supreme Court and the Audiencia Nacional [National Court]. 

Elena Otero-Novas Miranda has extensive legal and regulatory experience in corporate law and the corporate governance of companies, corporate and financial operations, and commercial agreements, etc. As a State Lawyer on leave, she also has extensive procedural experience in areas such as of public law, economic and tax, regulatory and competition.