Antonio Fornieles Melero

Independent Director and Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee

He received a B.S in Economics and Business Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid (1981) and a Diploma in Senior Management in Business Management from the Instituto Internacional San Telmo (Seville) (2002).

He passed the examination to become an auditor in 1987, becoming a member of the ICJCE.

He has more than thirty (30) years of experience in the auditing profession, beginning in 1983, almost of all of which were at KPMG Auditores S.L. (partner since 1994), where he has held the highest professional and management responsibilities, both national and international.

Since April 2017, he has also been the President of the Register of Accounting Experts (Registro de Expertos Contables), an entity formed by the ICJCE and the Colegio de Economistas de España to give prestige to the accounting profession.

He has been the President of the 1st territorial grouping (Madrid and Castille-La Mancha) of the ICJCE for eight (8) years. He has also been a member of the Full Board and of the Permanent Commission of the national ICJCE.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of Abengoa from January 2015 to November 2016, on which he first held the positions of Lead Independent Director and Second Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Audit Committee. In March 2016, he was appointed Chairman of Abengoa, a position that he held until November 2016. During this period, he led the efforts to arrive at an agreement on restructuring the company with new investors and financial creditors granting the company’s viability.

He has been a lecturer in the faculty of economics and business studies at the University of Cádiz. He is a regular speaker and lecturer at universities, professional corporations and businesses about issues related to financial reporting, business management and corporate governance and ethics. He has also published numerous articles in specialized media.