Date(s) - May 19, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Worker Cooperatives in Spain: Mondragon Corporation
Join DC LERA for a conversation with Oskar Goitia, Chairman of the Mondragon Corporation, and Lucia Ortiz Sanz of the Embassy of Spain to the United States about worker cooperatives in Spain and around the world.
Oskar Goitia is Chairman of the Mondragon Corporation. Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 1969, Oskar Goitia holds a degree in Mechanical/Technical Engineering from Mondragon Unibertsitatea. He took the first steps in his professional career as a technician in Wohlfahrt GmbH, a German manufacturer of motor machines and tools based in the suburbs of Stuttgart. On returning to the Basque Country, he joined MONDRAGON Group as a member of the technical department of the Fagor Ederlan cooperative. In 1994, he left Fagor for Aurrenak, a cooperative in which he was Business Manager (1994-1999) and General Manager (1999-2003). In 2004, Mr Goitia was appointed General Manager of Loramendi, playing a key role in its transformation into a cooperative and its integration into MONDRAGON Corporation. Five years later, he became General Manager of MONDRAGON Automoción, building stronger strategic relationships with customers and working for internationalisation and cooperation between the various cooperatives that are part of the company. In May 2013, he was appointed Vice-chairman of the MONDRAGON Automotive Division CM (Cikautxo and Maier).
Oskar Goitia has been in contact with the leading markets in the automotive industry – USA, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, Europe, Russia, India, Japan, China – for the past 22 years, visiting and staying in them on a regular basis, and coordinating multicultural teams and the establishment of plants or facilities abroad. Mr Goitia is fluent in English and German as well as in Spanish and Basque. He has been a board member in several local and European associations in the automotive and machinery industries, building strong ties with top-level customers and strong institutional relations at the global level.
Lucía Ortiz Sanz is Counselor of Labor, Migration & Social Security at the Labor, Migration, and Social Security Office of the Embassy of Spain to the United States and Puerto Rico. She began working in the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy in 2011, serving as the Deputy Director-General of International Social and Labor Relations for five years. She has held her current role since 2017. In this role, she deals with labor and social security issues among Spanish residents and other persons that work or have worked in Spain. She is also a contact point for the U.S. Social Security Administration and Department of Labor – not to mention the Organization of American States (OAS). In the past, Ortiz served as an adviser in the Spanish Ministry of Interior, Ministry of the Presidency, and Ministry of Public Administration. Her international experience includes electoral cooperation, EU police and judiciary working groups, general administration, and labor, migration, and social security fields. Ortiz was born in Madrid, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from Universidad Complutense. She also had a residency at the École National d´Administration in Paris.
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