Javier Gómez-Navarro


Born in Madrid in 1945, Mr. Gómez-Navarro holds an engineering degree from the School of Industrial Engineering of Madrid. He has significant experience in politics and the tourism industry, and in 1978 founded FITUR, Madrid’sInternational Tourism Fair. From 1983 to 1986 he was CEO of Viajes Marsans, Spain’s leading travel agency, and a board member for the principal Spanish tour operators.
He was president of the Olympic Sports Associations and vice chairman of the Organizing Committee for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. From 1987 to 1993 he served as state secretary of sport. In 1993 he was named minister of Commerce and Tourism, a position he held until 1996. He is chairman of Aldeasa (since 2005) and of the High Council of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Navigation, and a board member of Autogrill S.p.A. (since 2008), Tecnicas Reunidas, Capio Spain, Insolux Corsan, Quail Travel, MBD, and Expociencia.