Politician and Spanish businessman born in Madrid on 14 February 1944. He was head of the Ministry of industry and energy during the Governments of the UCD and, after leaving political life, developed a successful career in the field of private enterprise.
Degree in law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in 1965, a year later joined by opposition lawyers of the State governing body and was assigned to the finance section. In 1967 also managed by opposition the entry in the body of lawyers in the courts and in 1970 earned a doctorate in law with extraordinary prize. Completed his training, he served as Assistant Professor of financial law and taxation at the Madrid Complutense University.
On January 1, 1974 he was appointed general Secretary of the Ministry of public works and, from now on, developed his professional career linked to public administrations. In December 1975 accepted the Housing Secretary to work alongside the Minister Francisco Lozano Vicente and in July 1977 received a new order to be head of the Department of transport and communications in José Lladó team.
Director of the Instituto Nacional de Industria (INI) and the Instituto de crédito Oficial (ICO), in March 1978 was named President of RENFE, who left in May 1980 to take up the portfolio of Minister of industry and energy, replacing Carlos Bustelo, in the fourth Cabinet of Adolfo Suárez. He was confirmed in his post after the Government reshuffle in September of that same year and continued in charge of the Ministry during the Presidency of Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo (February 1981 - December 1982). Under his rule were enacted, among other regulatory texts, the Royal Decree 1157 / 1982, of 30 April, for which the Statute of the Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear (valid until May 11, 2000) was approved.
With the arrival of the Socialist Government, he left the active exercise of policy and derived their dedication to private companies in fields as diverse as publishing, the automobile, food or housing. In October 1983, he was appointed President of the publishing house Espasa Calpe, a position he maintained until 1992. That same year he was appointed Chairman of Citroen Hispania and in 1993 the companies Grucycsa-Afigesa and FCC real estate, after the reshaping of business dome which had occurred in the company of the Koplowitz sisters. Three years later he also assumed the Presidency of the Omsa food group. Your business link stretched in addition to the Board of Directors of other companies such as Nestle, Canal Plus or Repsol.
Between 1986 and 1990, he was appointed Governor on behalf of Spain of the European Cultural Foundation, with headquarters in Amsterdam. He is a member of the Spanish Association of administrative law and the Association of friends of the Royal Spanish Academy of the language, created in 1985 and which includes part 200 personalities of finances. Author of several legal publications on financial, tax and budget matters, has collaborated with the fiscal studies and political studies institutes and is patron of the Comillas-ICAI University Foundation. It is in possession of the Gran Cruz de Cisneros (1991).