First edition of the Barcelona Management Spring Meeting is a great success

Andreu Mas-Colell, Economics Minister for the
Catalonia Government, inaugurated the first edition of this meeting in
an auditorium filled with over 200 senior executives

Barcelona, 7 April 2011.- Andreu Mas-Colell,
Economics and Knowledge Minister for the Catalonia Government, inaugurated
the first edition of the Barcelona Management Spring Meeting.
Co-organised by the Asociación Española de Directivos (AED),
the Club Excelencia en Gestión and IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra,
this initial meeting was highly successful, gathering together more than
200 senior executives from companies around the country.

In his participation, Mas-Colell emphasised the need to
make a common front in times such as these, calling on the common interests
of all authorities. The minister took advantage of the occasion to transmit
a vote of confidence.

There followed a series of interesting debates including speakers such as Juan
María Nin
, Chief Executive Officer of “la Caixa”; Juan
, Honorary Chairman of Hewlett Packard España; Rosa
María García
, former chairwoman of Microsoft Western
Europe and Pedro Navarrete,Senior Vice Chairman
of SONY Europe , among others.

Nin called on the role of executives to deal with the
management of organisations humbly and to assume the value added by the new
generations better adapted to the changing environment in which we live.

Rosa María García was convinced of the innovating
capacity of our country, which needs to be suitably channelled to come to
fruition in view of a panorama subject to constant transformation.

Navarrete referred to the current situation in Japan,
stressing hope as the differentiating factor between success and failure,
as well as their capacity to move on.

The objective of the Barcelona Management Spring Meeting is
to open up a new leading debate forum on future business management challenges
and trends. Each year the meeting will gather together in Barcelona the main
players in business management in our country.