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DIA’s board of directors is made up of 12 members, of which six are independent, one is executive, two are classified as “other external directors” and three external propietary. Their term of office is three years from the appointment or, in this case, the reelection by the AGM.

Mr. Stephan DuCharme

First Vice Chairman of the Board of DIA / External Proprietary Director

Stephan DucharmeDate of the appointment: 20th April, 2018

Shares and optiones in the company: 0

Mr DuCharme is a graduate in Economics and Political Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr DuCharme also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD. He has worked at several companies such as Alfa Group where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer, Control and Corporate Development; SUN Group, where he held the position of Chairman and he has been a Director at multiple companies, such as SUEK Siberian Coal & Energy Company, Lomisis JSC, Iberia Refreshments, First Ukraine International Bank.

He has a noteworthy professional experience in the retail sector. Since 2016, he holds the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board at X5 Retail Group (between 2012 and 2016 he held the position of Chief Executive Officer), and is Managing Partner of the retail division at LetterOne Group, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Holland & Barrett as of October 2017.

Other board of directors which Mr Stephan DuCharme is a member of are the following:

Holland & Barret

  • Activity: hygienic and cosmetic products distribution.
  • Current: yes
  • Position: Chairman of the Board of Directors

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: 938,329

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: 58,677

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.

Ms. Ana María Llopis Rivas

Member of the Board of DIA / Other External Director

Date of the appointment: 5th July, 2011

Date of reelection: 22nd April, 2016

Shares and options in the company: 93,639

Degree in Physics from the University of Maryland and PHD in Materials Sciences Engineering from the University of Berkeley. After a period with Procter & Gamble, Banesto and Schweppes, she was the founder and CEO of Openbank, after which she formed part of the Supervisory Board of ABN Amro. Until April 2011, she was a Non-Executive Director of British American Tobacco, and between 2011 and 2018, an Independent Director of Société Générale. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Global Ideas4all and Patron of the José Félix Llopis Foundation and of the Banco Santander Foundation.

Other boards which Ms. Ana Mª Llopis is a member of:

Global Ideas4all, S.L

  • Activity: Strategic consulting, development planning, market research, dissemination, multi-channel distribution
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Chief Executive 

José Félix Llopis Foundation

  • Activity: Promotion of cultural exchange, especially of the fine arts, between Latin America and Spain
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Patron

Banco Santander Foundation

  • Activity: Fundación Banco Santander has a clear cultural, humanistic and scientific commitment. It performs its cultural sponsorship task following certain basic programming lines, amongst them to render art more accessible, to cooperate in the necessary merging of the humanities and the sciences through multidisciplinary projects that bridge the divide between both realms, to revive legacies in the arts, literature and history and to feel the pulse of today´s society by debating on and reflecting upon the changes our society is undergoing. A very special effort is made as regards sustainability and the recovery of natural heritage. It has programmes designed to help raising citizens´ awareness of the need for a more fair, equitable and sustainable society.
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Patron

Mr. Antonio Coto Gutiérrez

Chief Executive Officer of DIA / Executive Director

Date of the appointment: 24th August, 2018 (interim basis)

Shares and options in the company: 0

Born in Spain in 1960. Antonio Coto Gutiérrez holds a Master in Civil Engineering from Madrid’s Polytechnic University, a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration from UNED University in Spain and is graduated in Food Industry Management from the University of Southern California, USA.

Antonio started his career as a consultant in the consulting division of Arthur Andersen & Co. in Spain. He joined DIA in 1986, starting as financial planning and control manager, and then becoming the joint general manager for DIA Group helping to develop a successful strategy of rapid growth through acquisitions and internationalization.

In 1997 he was appointed as CEO of the DIA Group in Argentina, and in 1999 Head of Latin America and in 2010 he added the leadership of Partnerships.

Antonio has been a member of several international executive commissions and is currently a member of the Summit Committee for the Consumers Goods Forum and the ASU (Argentine Supermarket Association).

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: 61,354

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: 40,325

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: 15,744

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.

Mr. Borja de la Cierva Álvarez de Sotomayor

Member of the Board of DIA / Independent Director

Mr. Borja de la Cierva Álvarez de SotomayorDate of the appointment: 28th April, 2017 (on an interim basis on 5th September, 2016 and ratified by AGM on 28th April, 2017)

Shares and options in the company: 19,049

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.

Other board of directors which Mr. de la Cierva is a member of are the following:

Be Diligence Strategy Consulting, S.L.

  • Activity: Consulting Services
  • Current: Yes
  • Position: Director

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:  5,435

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. Karl-Heinz Holland

Member of the Board of DIA / External Proprietary Director

Karl Heinz HollandDate of the appointment: 20th April, 2018

Shares and options in the company: 0

Mr Holland is a graduate in Business Administration from Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. He has held multiple management positions at Lidl Group between 2003 and 2014, successfully leading this company for more than six years.

He is currently the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Der Gruene Punkt, Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group, member of the Supervisory Board at Zooplus AG and member of the Advisory Council of the retail division at Letterone..

Mr. Sergio Dias

Member of the Board of DIA / External Proprietary Director

Date of the appointment: 16th October, 2018 (interim basis)

Shares and options in the company: 0

Mr. Dias is a graduate in business administration, finance and marketing from the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado. He has held various management positions and has a long professional experience in the retail sector.

He started his career as an advisor and a senior manager at Arthur Andersen & Co. São Paulo between 1978 and 1988. Between September 1988 and December 2001, he worked for the Carrefour Group performing functions of financial development, M&A and general administration of the e-commerce for non-alimentary products. In particular, from 1988 to 1990 he held different positions in Carrefour France and Carrefour Direction Générale (the Global Headoffice). During this period he was assigned for eight months to the Carrefour USA Headoffice in Philadelphia and for six months to the Headoffice in Taiwan, and he implemented the first grocery logistics platform for Direction Régionale Nord in Paris.

From 1991 to 1999 he became the Financial Controller of the Group at the global level. During this period, he held a finance leading role covering the following areas: Group Strategic Planning and M&A, Group accounting and tax, Group Consolidation and Reporting and Regional Controlling. Finally, from 2000 to 2001, he was part of the team which launched the initiative for Carrefour e-commerce, he worked as Finance Director during several months and as e-Commerce General Director.

He has also been the Finance Director and the Chief Executive Officer of two LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE divisions from 2002 until May 2009 and has occupied different positions as advisor, investor and Chief Executive Officer in four start-ups companies in the fashion sector and spirits drinks between years 2009 and 2017.

He is currently Partner of the retail division at LetterOne Group.

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