Angel Simón: ‘Internationalisation is made possible through added value and by giving our executives a space in which to act, namely, the world’
21 June 2016
‘Internationalisation is made possible through added value and by giving our executives a space in which to act, namely, the world’. These were the words of Executive Vice President of Suez Water Europe, Angel Simón, during the Senior Management Congress of the Spanish Federation of Senior Managers and Executives (CEDE), held this Tuesday, 21 June, in Madrid. The aim of the meeting, which brought together more than a thousand Spanish executives, was twofold: to tackle the new economic scenario, marked by globalization and the gradual recovery of growth rates, and to discuss the keys to take on the rapid evolution of new information and communication technologies, which brings about fast-paced change.
Angel Simón participated in the round table entitled, ‘The undeniable road to internationalisation’, in which he explained the need to have a clear business model: ‘Our organization has evolved, passing from the management of infrastructure to knowledge management. This has allowed us to be involved in concessions as well as the private and agricultural market’.
Furthermore, he also stressed the need for ‘a strong base’: ‘In our case, it began in Spain; we are in the major cities. We also have bases rolled out in Chile, Mexico and Peru, which gave us access to the United States’. Along these lines, Angel Simón highlighted that ‘internationalisation is not possible without talent, without people’.
However, Angel Simón also mentioned the importance of fostering collaboration in order to be more dynamic and that innovation was not only internal, but also external and through partnerships: ‘Collaboration lets us innovate […] The Water School allows us to train continuously in all spheres to recruit talent’.
Also taking part in the debate, moderated by Manuel Gago, Vice Chairman of the CEDE, were Isaac Martín Barbero, Director General for International Corporate Development at ICEX, Emma Navarro, ICO Chairwoman, and Tomás Pascual, President of Calidad Pascual.