José Antonio Asiáin Ayala
Member of the Board of Directors. Independent director.
Born in Pamplona, 1949.
Since July 2012, member of the Board of Directors of Criteria CaixaHolding, a company merged with Servihabitat XXI in December 2013, when he was appointed member of the Board of Directors of the current company CriteriaCaixa (the company arisen from the merger). He is member of its Executive Committee since 2019, Chairman of the Appointments and Remunerations Committee since May 2019 and member of the referred Committee since its creation in 2014.
Graduate in Law by the University of Navarre, where he was assistant lecturer in Tax Law during the school years 1972-1973 and 1973-1974. He has been an attorney at the M.I. Colegio de Abogados de Pamplona since 1974 and founding partner since 1997 of the law firm Asiáin, Jiménez & Arredondo, specialized in civil and commercial matters, in which he currently practices.
In 1974, he was appointed, previous public examination, legal counsel to Navarra County Council, where, until 1979, he attended to matters of legal counsel and was delegate in the concessionary company of the Navarra Motorway. He was Legal Counsel to the Parliament of Navarra (1979-1983).
In 1980, he was appointed legal advisor of the Negotiating Commission of Reintegration and Enhancement of the Regional Government of Navarra. In 1983, he became, previous a merit-based competition, legal advisor to the Government of Navarra, a position he held until 1984.
Mr. Asiáin has been vice-president (1984-1991) and minister of the Presidency (1984-1987), in addition to Regional Economy and Treasury Minister (1987-1991) in the Government of Navarra. While holding these positions, he chaired the Board of Cooperation with the Spanish State, the Board for the Transfer of Powers, the Economic and Social Council, and the commission responsible for negotiating the current Economic Treaty with the Spanish state, on whose Arbitration Board he has been representing Navarre since 2003.
He has belonged, holding different positions, to the Board of Directors of Caja de Ahorros de Navarra, Confederación Española de Cajas de Ahorros, Seguros de Navarra, S.A. and Banca Cívica, S.A, among other companies
He was a member of the Board of Directors of CaixaBank, S.A., in representation of Fundación Caja Navarra (2012-2013).
Mr. Asiáin Ayala has been a speaker at various conferences and on a number of courses and has been published in legal and economic journals such as “Revista Jurídica de Navarra”, “Papeles de Economía Española” and “Economía Pública”