Mr. Xavier Ruiz
The Spain-US Chamber of Commerce was founded over 50 years ago. Since its inception, it has grown into one of the leading private organizations in the promotion of business relations between Spain and the United States of America.
With the increasing presence of Spanish companies in leading industries and sectors of the U.S. economy, such as banking, renewable energy and infrastructures, our role as a bridge between the Spanish and U.S. business communities has gained significance.
We have reorganized our internal structure and in particular, our Executive Committee, to align ourselves with this new business reality. We are thus shifting our focus to become more professional and less institutional. Our objective is also to be the Chamber of Commerce of all Spanish companies operating in the U.S., irrespective of where their operations are located. We are sensitive to the increasing relevance of the Hispanic business community in the U.S. and have taken the lead in becoming the natural bridge between such prominent community and the Spanish business community.
We have also launched various initiatives to capitalize on the excellent relationships we have traditionally had with the Spanish cultural and scientific communities which are present in the U.S. We intend to consolidate and expand our role as opinion leader and organization of reference for business relations between the U.S. and Spain, and as a gateway for companies and Administrations to access and develop synergies with their counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic.
Finally, we have incorporated social responsibility as one of our missions and have launched a fellowship program to provide funding to education projects for needy children in New York.
To achieve all these objectives and pursue our mission, I am fortunate to have the support and enthusiasm of my fellow Board members (and particularly, the members of our Executive Committee) and of our outstanding Chamber staff. It is therefore for me a privilege to chair such a prestigious and prominent organization.