Ricardo Migueláñez. Agricultural Engineer. @rmiguelanez
We start with our Who's Who series in this issue, with the chairman of Spain's leading food group, Antonio Hernández Callejas. Hernández was born in Tudela, Navarra on July 20th, 1955, and graduated in Economics from the University of Seville; he also studied law for three years. He's married and has two children.
Hernández started out at Arrocerías Herba in 1979, a company owned by his family which was acquired by Grupo Ebro Puleva in 2001, to which he was appointed Director, Vice-chairman and a member of the Executive Committee.
In March of 2004, he was named CEO of the company, and in April of 2005, the Shareholders' Meeting appointed him Executive Chairman of Ebro Puleva.
After many national and international acquisitions and sales, including the divestment of the sugar and dairy activities, the company acquired SOS's rice businesses with a view to focusing on an area which the group controls at global level, and changing its name to Ebro Foods.
Under the guidance of Hernández, Grupo Ebro has become the global leader in the rice industry and the second-leading producer worldwide of pasta. It operates in 40 countries in Europe, America, Africa and Asia with a portfolio of more than 65 brands.
Those who know Hernández know he is a family man and has a great sense of humor, but few people know that his other interests include flamenco, soccer (he supports Seville's team) and bullfighting.
He exercises every morning, which helps him stay in shape, and he likes to take long walks in his free time. He enjoys golf, but doesn't get to play very often, and says he's not very good and usually loses.
He is also tenacious, frugal, and passionate about his work. Despite his enormous responsibility, he is humble and has a close and friendly relationship with his employees.