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Enrique de Sendagorta, Founder of SENER, Winner of the 'Premio Reino de España a la Trayectoria Empresarial' Award

Enrique de Sendagorta, Founder of SENER, Winner of the 'Premio Reino de España a la Trayectoria Empresarial' Award

30/04/2014

Founder and honorary Chairman of the engineering and technology group SENER, and president of the SENER Foundation, Enrique de Sendagorta Aramburu, is the winner of the 'Premio Reino de España a la Trayectoria Empresarial' (Kingdom of Spain Entrepreneurial Career Award), conferred upon him by the Círculo de Empresarios, the Círculo de Economía (Cercle d’Economia) and the Círculo de Empresarios Vascos. This prize will be presented in June by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos de Borbón, in the Royal Palace of El Pardo (Madrid). The King will give Enrique de Sendagorta a reproduction of a medal of merit from the reign of Charles III of Spain, which dates back to 1764.

It is the first edition of this award, which intends to be an important recognition of a relevant businessperson's professional career. In the announcement of the decision, the panel of judges highlighted Enrique de Sendagorta's "contribution to the social and economic development of Spain through decades of effort and endeavor, creating employment, international presence, and contributing to improvements in his environment and to the well-being of the country, all the while excelling in bringing together professional interests with cultural, artistic and social causes. All of this makes him an example for the future generations."

Enrique de Sendagorta Aramburu (Plencia, 1924) is a Doctor of Marine Engineering from the Escuela Especial de Ingenieros Navales in Madrid, and has a Master's degree in senior management from the IESE (first graduating class).

In 1956 —with the incorporation of his brother, José Manuel de Sendagorta as co-founder in 1960— he founded the engineering company SENER, which —with hallmarks of innovation, independence and commitment to quality— has become a global leader in engineering and construction.

As well as his work in SENER, Enrique de Sendagorta was a founding partner for the Vizcaya firms Itasa and Indunaval, and founded and directed Construnaves, the association of all Spanish shipyards.

Furthermore, during his professional career of more than 60 years, he has been the Director General of Foreign Trade; Director General of Trade Expansion in the Ministry of Commerce; president of the capital goods commission for the Spanish development plan; a member of the advisory board on nuclear energy; counselor of the institute of medium and long term credit, of Banco de Crédito Industrial, of the official companies for exportation credit insurance, and of various state bodies.

He has also held the post of chief executive, counselor and director general of the Spanish Society of Naval Construction, and counselor of Ybarra and CIA., Naviera Artola, and of Marítima del Norte. His work as executive president of Petronor is noted as being outstanding. Other notable responsibilities include delegate counselor of Banco de Vizcaya and vice-president of its Board of Directors; president of Banco de Financiación Industrial (Induban) and counselor of BBV.

Currently, Enrique de Sendagorta is honorary chairman of SENER and president of the SENER Foundation. Furthermore, he was made honorary chairman of the University of Navarra's institute of Entrepreneurship and Humanity.

At 90 years of age, Enrique de Sendagorta has been recognized on numerous occasions, most recently in 2011 with the Premio Nacional a la Trayectoria Innovadora (national award for career-long innovation) from the Ministry of Science and Innovation. He also received the Ingenia award from the Bilbao school of engineers (2004) and the marine engineers association's prize for best professional and social career (1999). The numerous distinctions he has been awarded over his illustrious career include the Gran Cruz del Mérito Naval from Spain, the Verdienst Kreutz mit Stern from Germany and the Cruzeiro do Sul from Brazil. Additionally, he has recently been named an honorary member of the Instituto de los Ingenieros de España.

Se trata de la primera edición de este premio, que quiere ser un importante reconocimiento a la trayectoria profesional de un empresario relevante. En la comunicación del fallo, el jurado ha destacado de Enrique de Sendagorta “su contribución al desarrollo económico y social de España a lo largo de varias décadas de esfuerzo y de trabajo, creando empleo, internacionalizando sus actividades y contribuyendo a la mejora de su entorno y al bienestar del país; y ello conjugando de forma excelente intereses profesionales con causas sociales, artísticas y culturales. Todo lo cual le convierte en un ejemplo para las futuras generaciones”.

 

Enrique de Sendagorta Aramburu (Plencia, 1924) es doctor ingeniero naval por la Escuela Especial de Ingenieros Navales de Madrid, con un máster para altos directivos de empresa por el IESE (primera promoción).

En el año 1956 fundó, con la incorporación en 1960 de su hermano José Manuel de Sendagorta, cofundador, la ingeniería SENER, que, con la innovación, el compromiso con la calidad y la independencia como señas de identidad, se ha convertido en una empresa de ingeniería y construcción de referencia en todo el mundo.

Además de su actividad en SENER, Enrique de Sendagorta fue socio fundador de las firmas vizcaínas Itasa e Indonaval, y fundó y dirigió Construnaves, la asociación de todos los astilleros españoles.

Igualmente, a lo largo de sus más de 60 años de carrera profesional, ha sido director general de Comercio Exterior; director general de Expansión Comercial en el Ministerio de Comercio; presidente de la Comisión de Bienes de Equipo del Plan de Desarrollo Español; vocal del Consejo de Junta de Energía Nuclear; consejero del Instituto de Crédito a Medio y Largo Plazo, del Banco de Crédito Industrial, de las compañías oficiales de Seguros de Crédito a la Exportación y de varias entidades estatales.

También ha ocupado los puestos de primer ejecutivo, consejero y director general de la Sociedad Española de Construcción Naval; y consejero de Ybarra y CIA., Naviera Artola, y de Marítima del Norte. Destaca su labor como presidente ejecutivo de Petronor. Otros cargos reseñables son los de consejero delegado de Banco de Vizcaya y vicepresidente de su Consejo de Administración; presidente del Banco de Financiación Industrial (Induban) y consejero del BBV.

En la actualidad, Enrique de Sendagorta es presidente de Honor de SENER y presidente de la Fundación SENER. Asimismo, fue presidente de Honor del Instituto Empresa y Humanismo de la Universidad de Navarra.

A sus 90 años, Enrique de Sendagorta ha sido reconocido en numerosas ocasiones, la última de ellas en el año 2011 con el Premio Nacional a la Trayectoria Innovadora del Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. También ha recibido el Premio Ingenia de la Escuela de Ingenieros de Bilbao (2004) y el Premio de la Asociación de Ingenieros Navales a la mejor trayectoria profesional y social (1999). Entre las distinciones que le han sido concedidas a lo largo de su carrera destacan la Gran Cruz del Mérito Naval, en España, la distinción Verdienst Kreutz mit Stern, en Alemania, y la distinción Cruzeiro do Sul, en Brasil. Además, recientemente ha sido nombrado miembro de Honor del Instituto de los Ingenieros de España.

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