José Manuel MARTÍNEZ GUTIÉRREZ, aged 43, has been an Executive Director of the Company and Group Chief Executive Officer since September 2012. He is responsible for the overall management and control of the business of the Group. He is a member of the Remuneration Committee and the General Committee of the Board, a director of certain subsidiaries of the Company and a trustee of a trust of the Company.
Mr MARTÍNEZ obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and a Master in Business Administration Degree (Honours with Distinction) from J.L. Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University.
His professional career spans investment banking, strategy consulting and senior management positions in the global retail and consumer goods industries. Prior to joining Esprit, Mr MARTÍNEZ was the group director of distribution and operations for Industria De Diseño Textil, S.A. (“Inditex”), owner of the “Zara” brand, based in Spain. In this role, he managed the group’s distribution to its extensive global retail network. Over his 9 years at Inditex, Mr MARTÍNEZ led cross-functional transformation projects, encompassing multiple business areas, to improve Inditex’s supply chain management. Prior to joining Inditex, Mr MARTÍNEZ spent 8 years at McKinsey & Company leading the firm’s retail and consumer goods practice in Spain, and advising clients in Europe and South America on strategy, category management and store operations.