Dr. JOSÉ LUIS BONET FERRER (Barcelona, 1941)

President of the Chamber of Spain

Born in Barcelona in 1941, in José Luis Bonet two apparently different worlds converge, but that he has not only been able to combine, but has made them complementary: the academic and business worlds. Doctor in Law with outstanding Laude from the University of Barcelona and extraordinary prize in Doctorate, José Luis Bonet was, for 49 years, professor of Political Economy and Public Finance at the Faculty of Law of the University of Barcelona. At the same time, in the business world, since his appointment in 1966 as commercial director of the Freixenet company, José Luis Bonet has participated directly in the growth and expansion of this family business until he became president of the group in 1999. He currently holds the Honorary Chair of the Group.

Convinced that internationalization is still a pending issue of the Spanish economy and business, Bonet has been at the head of various organizations, whose purpose is to help and raise awareness about the importance of increasing the presence of Spanish brands in foreign markets. He has chaired for 14 years, from 2004 to 2018, the Board of Directors of the Fira Internacional de Barcelona. And he is honorary president of the Forum of Renowned Spanish Brands, after holding its presidency for 16 years.

Since November 2014 he has been president of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce, a public law corporation whose purpose is the representation, promotion and defense of the general interests of companies. It is made up of the most representative entities of the economic-business life of the country: large companies, national and international chambers of commerce, business and self-employed organizations, and the Administration.