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Meeting with John de Zulueta, President of Círculo de Empresarios
Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:00
Círculo de Empresarios
Marqués de Villamagna 3, planta 11, 28001 Madrid

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Meeting with John de Zulueta, President of Círculo de Empresarios
Columbia Business School Alumni Club of Spain, Columbia Alumni Association of Spain, and Stanford Alumni Spain


Meeting with John de Zulueta
President of Círculo de Empreasarios 

Madrid - October 4th 2018, 5:30pm

CBSCS - John de Zulueta 


Círculo de Empresarios
Calle Marqués de Villamagna 3, 28001 Madrid
(ver mapa)


Thursday, October 4th


Free event


Two guests
may be invited

Columbia Business School Club of Spain, Columbia Alumni Association and Stanford Alumni Spain are proud to invite you to meet and share a thoughtful session and debate on the issues and priorities of Spanish businesses and economy with Stanford and CBS alumnus John de Zulueta, President of the Círculo de Empresarios.

John de Zulueta is a most prominent business leader who has been serving at top positions of a wide array of organizations, successfully leading large companies for long periods such as PepsiCo and Cadbury Schweppes in consumer goods or Sanitas and USP Hospitals in health.

He is also positioned at the forefront of economic knowledge through his high level involvement at key think tanks in the form of foundations and associations becoming, since last March, President of Círculo de Empresarios, a most prestigious forum of high-level business leaders committed to helping improve the Spanish society through in-depth studies and analysis (see the details of John's biography and a profile of Círculo de Empresarios below).

This unique encounter is specially organized to be our annual Worlwide Alumni Club Event that is celebrated at this time of the year by all the CBS clubs around the world.

We suggest you sign up now for the meeting and look forward to sharing with you John's privileged insights, for which we are very grateful.

The Boards of Columbia Business School Club of Spain, Columbia Alumni Association of Spain, and Stanford Alumni Spain


When: Thursday, October 4th 2018, 5:30 - 7:00pm. The event will be followed with some drinks at a cozy bar near the venue so that we may continue socializing and networking. You will be asked about your intention to join in this afterwork mingling at the end of the signup process.

Where: Marqués de Villamagna 3, planta 11, 28001 Madrid.

Price: This is a free event for alumni and guests to celebrate our annual WACE.

Signups to the event are managed through the website of Columbia Business School Club of Spain at Just click on the button "Sign up to event here" appearing at the top of this invitation which will take you to the event page at our website, instructions for signup being displayed there. Bear in mind that, if you are already registered at the website with your e-mail and password, you will be asked to log in and your data will be automatically used thereafter for the signup.

Guests: Alumni may bring up to two guests to this event. The guests' e-mail address and name/last name are also requested during the registration process for attendance control purposes. Guests receive a confirmation e-mail of their signup.

Signup deadline: Sunday, September 30th 2018.

Dress code: Business or smart casual.

Inquiries or questions about this meeting may be forwarded to

John de Zulueta

John de ZuluetaJohn de Zulueta was born in Cambridge (Massachusetts) in 1947. He holds a BA in Contemporary History from Stanford University (California) and an MBA with honors from Columbia University (New York). He is President of the Círculo de Empresarios since March 20th 2018.

His long professional curriculum includes consulting years an The Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco, as well as his time as President and General Manager of PepsiCo in Barcelona, President of Cadbury Schweppes Spain, Vice President of Schweppes for Southern Europe and CEO of Schweppes S.A. He also served, for 14 years, as CEO of the Sanitas Group (Bupa Group) in Spain, being its President during the 2005-2009 period. Likewise, he chaired USP Hospitals between 2010 and 2012.

Zulueta has been linked to Círculo de Empresarios since 2004, and has been on several occasions a member of its Board of Directors and President of its Health Committee. He is Vice President of the Bankinter Foundation of Innovation and a trustee of the DKV, Everis and Caser Foundations, as well as board member of Universidad Europea (Laureate Group). He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Asociación para el Progreso de la Dirección (APD), and of the Special Commission for the Study of the Development of the Information Society in Spain. He is currently a board member of Línea Directa Aseguradora, managing partner of Point Lobos consulting firm, and senior adviser to the British consultancy Candesic.

About Círculo de Empresarios

Circulo de Empresarios - LogoThe 220 business leaders and top managers who form a part of the Círculo de Empresarios are linked by their urge to use our studies and proposals to help improve the Spanish society. Our analysis is conducted from the business point of view, but we simultaneously promote general interest.

We define ourselves as a group project of business responsibility that operates a think tank, which from the beginning has defended free enterprise and the free market and promoting business as a source of employment creation, progress, social well-being, and the entrepreneurial spirit.
We generate ideas and proposals by organising our members into working groups that carry out our activities over the years in three important areas: (i) the growth of the Spanish economy; (ii) improved quality of our institutions; and (iii) responsible & ethical behaviour in the business environment.

We want our ideas to be useful so that day-by-day Spain can become a more competitive and prosperous country. This is why we have adopted the motto "Ideas for Growth". Growth is the answer to the issues and challenges that we collectively face. We have to grow to be able to create employment and wealth, to combat the deficit and debt that hinder our progress, and thus consolidate a welfare state based on the effort and solidarity of all Spaniards. To grow in a globalised economy it is imperative to improve our competitiveness, and to do this, we must intensify structural reforms.

We seek a high-quality institutional framework that offers security and confidence and will attract investments. We endorse a growth that does not contribute to inequality, but rather, helps to overcome it. Equal opportunities, which are most solidly based on education, should be our main objective. And for the growth to be healthy, it must be based on transparency, on the fight against corruption, and in actions based on high ethical standards.


Where & When

Círculo de Empresarios

Marqués de Villamagna 3, planta 11, 28001 Madrid

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:00