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DIA’s board of directors is made up of 9 members, of which six are independent, two are executives and one is classified as “other external director”. Their term of office is three years from the appointment or, in this case, the reelection by the AGM.

Mr. Richard Golding

Second Vice Chairman of the Board of DIA / Independent Director

Date of the appointment: 5th July, 2011

Date of reelection: 28th April, 2017

Shares and options in the company: 948,892 / 0

Mr Golding is a graduate in Business Administration from London Thames University. He has held a number of positions during his career, including Marketing Manager at Cadbury Schweppes, and Chairman, member of the Board of Directors and Regional Chief Executive Officer at RJR Nabisco. He has also been Chief Executive Officer of Dorna Promoción del Deporte; Chairman, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Parques Reunidos and President of Memora Group.

He is currently an operating partner consultant at Hill Path Capital, an industry advisor at Advent International, and the non-executive Chairman of Parques Reunidos.

Other board of directors which Mr Golding is a member of:

Parques Reunidos Servicios Centrales, S.A.

  • Activity: Leisure park operator
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Non-executive Chairman

Mr. Mariano Martín Mampaso

Third Vice Chairman of the Board of DIA / Independent Director

Date of the appointment: 5th July 2011

Date of reelection: 28th April, 2017

Shares and options in the company: 71,656/ 0

Mr Martín is a graduate in Economics from Madrid Complutense University. In 1976 he joined Procter & Gamble, where he spent 33 years, holding different responsibilities in Spain and elsewhere. In June 2009 he resigned from his last position as the company's world sales president. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of AECOC, of the Governing Board of GS1 US, of the Executive Board of Global Commerce Initiative and of the Board of Directors of Zinkia Entertainment S.A.

Mr. Borja de la Cierva Álvarez de Sotomayor

Member of the Board of DIA / Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Borja de la Cierva Álvarez de SotomayorDate of the appointment: 21st February, 2018

Shares and options in the company: 30,126 / 0

Mr Cierva Álvarez is a graduate in Business Administration from Santiago de Compostela University. He also has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Vigo University and is a chartered accountant. His career has involved three main areas. He began in auditing, working as an auditor at Arthur Andersen for nine years.

In 1995, he joined the General Finance Department of Inditex, S.A., where he had a successful career as the Group's Chief Financial Officer until 2006. Just after, he joined El Corte Inglés, S.A., where he was the Deputy Purchase Manager and, more recently, the Supply Chain Manager, until May 2016. He has also been involved significantly in education and research: he has taught at several universities in Spain and elsewhere and has been a member of the consulting team for the European Transparency Directive and of the accounting experts of the Spanish Commission to implement IFRS at public-sector companies. He has also been a member of the Board of Unirisco SCR, the first university venture capital company authorised by the CNMV (Securities Market Commission) in Spain. He is currently member of the Supervisory Board of UNINVEST, S.G.E.I.C, S.A.

Mr. Julián Díaz González

 Member of the Board of DIA/  Independent Director

Date of the appointment: 5th July, 2011

Date of reelection: 22nd April, 2016

Shares and options in the company: 70,373 / 0

Mr Díaz Gonzalez is a graduate in Business Administration and Management from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas - ICADE. After working as General Manager of TNT Leisure, S.A., General Manager of the Airports Division of Aldeasa, General Manager of Aeroboutiques de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. and General Manager of Deor, S.A. de C.V., he joined Latinoamericana Duty-Free, S.A. de C.V. Since 2004 he has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dufry AG. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dufry International AG and Deputy Chairman of Dufry South America and of Duty Free Caribbean Holdings

Other boards which Mr. Julian Diaz Gonzalez is a member of:

Dufry International AG

  • Activity: Retail Sales
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman

Dufry South America

  • Activity: Retail Sales
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Vice Chairman

Duty Free Caribbean Holdings

  • Activity: Retail Sales
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Vice Chairman

Hudson, Ltd.

  • Activity: Retail Sales
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Director and Deputy Chairman

Mr. Antonio Urcelay Alonso

Member of the Board of DIA / other External Director

Date of the appointment: 5th July, 2011

Date of reelection: 28th April 2017

Shares and options in the company: 50,612 / 0

Mr Urcelay is a graduate in Law from Madrid Complutense University. During his career, he has held the following posts, amongst others: Marketing Department of Procter & Gamble, General Manager of Ahold España, a practising lawyer at J. y B. Cremades, General Manager of the Digsa, S.A. supermarket chain and, subsequently, of Leche Pascual, S.A. In 1996, he joined Toys R Us, where he has held various positions in Spain and abroad. Between 2013 and June 2015, he chaired the Board of Directors of Toys R Us Inc. and was appointed CEO, with responsibility for the company’s entire business worldwide. In 2016, he was a member of the Board of Directors of Tuc Tuc, S.L.

Other boards which Mr. Antonio Urcelay is a member of:

Kipenzi, S.L.

  • Activity: Kiwoko Pet Shop
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Board member

Calidad Pascual, S.A.

  • Activity: Food industry
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Board member

Corporación Empresarial Pascual, S.L.

  • Activity: Food industry
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Board member

Ms. Angela Spindler

Member of the Board of DIA / Independent Director 

Date of appointment: 22nd April, 2016 (on an interim basis on 15th February, 2016 and ratified by AGM on 22nd April, 2016)

Shares and options in the company: 26,384 / 0

Ms Spindler is a graduate in Psychology from Manchester University. In 1983, Ms Spindler began her career by working in the sales and marketing area at different companies such as Cadbury Plc., Coca Cola Schweppes Beverages Ltd. and Pedigree Masterfoods. She later became an executive manager and carried out business transactions at Asda Stores Ltd. between 1997 and 2007, and at Debenhams plc in 2008. Likewise, between 2009 and 2013, Ms Spindler became the CEO of The Original Factory Shop Ltd. She has also been, between 2013 and Octobre 2018, the CEO of N Brown Group Plc. and, therefore, responsible for its operating company.

Ms. María Garaña Corces

Member of the Board of DIA / Independent Director

Date of the appointment: 28th April, 2017 (on an interim basis on 14th December, 2016 and ratified by the AGM on 28th April, 2017)

Shares and options in the company:  13,973 / 0

Ms Garaña is a graduate in Law and Business Administration from San Pablo CEU University. Ms Garaña also has a Master's degree in Business Management from Harvard University. She has worked at several companies such as Bain & Company, Inc., Grupo Televisión Azteca, S.A. and Zoom Media (USA). She later joined Microsoft México S. de R.L. de C.V. as the Marketing and Business Manager; she has also been the Chairwoman and CEO of Microsoft - Southern Cone, the Chairwoman and CEO of Microsoft Ibérica, S.R.L. and Vice President for EMEA of Microsoft Business Solutions. Since January 2018, she holds the position of Managing Director of Business Services for EMEA of Google L.L.C.

She has also been a member of the Board of the not-for-profit European Institute of Innovation & Technology. She is currently a member of the Supervisory Board of Euler Hermés (Alliance Group).

Other board of directors which Ms. María Garaña is a member of are the following:

Alantra Partners, S.A.

  • Activity: Global mid-market investment banking and asset management firm.
  • Current: yes
  • Position: Independent Director

Liberbank, S.A.

  • Activity: banking
  • Current:  yes
  • Position: Independent Director, Chairwoman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Risk Committee

Mr. Jaime García-Legaz Ponce

Member of the Board of DIA / Independent Director

Date of the appointment: 10th January, 2019  (in interim basis)

Shares and options in the company: 0

Mr Jaime García-Legaz holds a Degree in Business Administration from the University College of Financing Studies (CUNEF). In addition, Mr. García-Legaz holds a PhD in Economics from the Madrid Complutense University. He is a Commercial Technician (Técnico Comercial) and State Economist the State since 1994.

Mr García-Legaz has mainly developed his career in the public sector. He started his professional career at CajaMurcia, as a manager. After that, he was a junior economist at the Bank of Spain and Financial Regulation Director (1993-1995) and Public Debt Director (1993-1999) in the Spanish Treasury.

Between 1999 and 2000 he was Economic Advisor of the Government Presidency, between 2000 and 2002, he was Director of the cabinet of the Secretary of Telecom and between 2002 and 2004, he was a member of the President’s Cabinet as General Director of Welfare and Education.

From 2004 to 2008, he was Director of Economics and Politics in the FAES Foundation and Managing Director of Statistics at the Government of the Region of Madrid. He has also been member of the Spanish National Parliament (Congreso) (2008-2012), where he assumed the Secretary of the Economic Affairs and Finance from 2008 until 2011. In addition, between 2005 and 2008 he was advisor for the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce.

Between 2011 and 2015, he worked for the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the following positions: Spanish Commerce Representative in the European Union and in the G-20 Council of Ministers and Secretary of State for Commerce, International Commerce and Foreign Investment.

During that period, he was also Executive Chairperson of “Invest in Spain” (2011-2012) and Chairperson of ICEX (2011-2015). Between 2015 and 2017, he was the Executive Chairperson of CESCE, the Chairperson of the International Credit Insurance Consortium and the Chairperson of the Informa Dun & Bradsteet.

Finally, between 2017 and 2018 he was Chairperson and CEO of AENA, SME, S.A

Other boards which Mr. Jaime García-Legaz is a member of:

Aena Desarrollo Internacional, SME, S.A.

  • Activity: Aena Internacional is the subsidiary company of Aena for the development of its international activity
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Director

Mr. Miguel Ángel Iglesias Peinado 

Member of the Board of DIA /  Executive Director

Date of the appointment: 28th December, 2018  (in interim basis)

Shares and options in the company:  70 / 62,502

Mr Iglesias is a law graduate by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and he holds a Master’s Degree in Legal Practice from the Centro de Estudios Financieros and a Diploma in Labour Law from the School of Legal Practice of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

He joined DIA in 1990 and, after serving in the area of Expansion, became the DIA Spain Legal and Labour Relations Consultancy Manager. In 2005 he was appointed DIA Group’s General Counsel and, since 2011, he is the Vicesecretary to the Board of Directors of DIA and the Secretary to the Board of its subsidiaries in Spain. He is also responsible for the areas of Compliance and Insurance of the Group.

In October 2018, he has been appointed Corporate Secretary, having therefore under his responsibility the areas of Legal, Corporate Governance and Compliance, Insurances, Assets security, Information Technology and Financial Information Internal Control System.

Mr. Iglesias has been the reference advisor and coordinator of all strategic transactions carried out by DIA Group, including the listing of the Company in 2011. He was also the driving force behind the approval of the first DIA group Ethical Code.

He is currently a member of the board of DIA Argentina, S.A., of which he was Chairman during years 2015 and 2016.

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