Alberto graduated in Economics and Business Studies from Deusto University and he is a member of the Spanish Official Register of Auditors (ROAC) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Earlier in his career, he worked in the field of auditing and consultancy at Arthur Andersen and Audihispana (1983-1987 and 1990-1992), and in the field of financial-economic management at Heraclio Fournier (1987-1990) and Corporación Patricio Echeverría (1992-1997).
He joined Euskaltel, S.A. in 1998, initially as Chief Financial officer and Controller (1998-2000), before becoming the Managing Director (2000-2011) and is currently the Chairman of the company.
He is Deputy Chairman of BBK Fundación Bancaria, Board Member of ITP, Deputy Chairman of Orkestra-the Basque Competitiveness Institute, Member of the Board of the Novia Salcedo Foundation and Member of the Advisory Board of Mondragón Innovation & Knowledge (MIK), the Euskaltel, S.A. representative on the Board of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
José María holds a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Master's in Digital Communications from Monash University in Melbourne. He began his career as a telecommunications and technology consultant in Lincoln Scott International (Australia). In the last 30 years he has spent part of his career as a CEO in 16 different countries in Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. In 2018 he successfully took part in the acquisition of SQRRL and Briefcam by Amazon and Canon, respectively. In 2016 and 2017 he was a Board member and Vice-President of the Millicom Group and a Strategic Consultant for the Orange Group, in the transformation of European business units within fixed-mobile convergence.
He was CEO of Jazztel, a Spanish telecommunications company, from 2006 to 2015, when Jazztel became the fastest growing operator in the Spanish telecommunications market. Before he joined Jazztel in 2006, Mr García worked mainly at Cable & Wireless, where his roles included: CEO of Spain and Portugal, executive vice-president in Europe, CEO in Panama and managing director in the UK and Ireland. Previously, he was executive president and CEO in Spain and Portugal of Case Technology, a company he co-founded and subsequently directed in its acquisition by Cable & Wireless, Plc. in 2000. He has also been a Strategic Investor and Advisory Member of the Boards of several start-ups around the world over the past 25 years.