Xabier Iturbe has a degree in Economics and Business Studies from Deusto University and an MBA with a finance speciality from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He has held management positions in leading companies in both the telecommunications and finance industries and for more than 10 years he has been a member of various boards of directors and has sat on the governing bodies of several foundations.
The Group's chairperson has already held several senior roles within Euskaltel: finance manager (1998-2000) and head of finance and control (2000-2008), so he understands the company's structure and relationships with shareholders and investors.
He was previously appointed to the role of chairperson of Kutxa (2008-2014) and first vice-chairperson of Kutxabank S.A. (from 2012 to the present). At the same time (from 2014 to 2016), he was chair of the Kutxa Banking Foundation.
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.