Miriam González Durantez is a Partner at DLA Piper, a UK-based Law Firm, where she heads up their International Trade and EU Law Practice. Prior to this, she was a Policy Advisor to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Middle Eastern and EU affairs and Senior Adviser to the European Commissioners Lord Patten and Bettina Ferrero-Waldner in Brussels.
The proposed appointment of Miriam Gónzalez Durantez to the Board demonstrates ACCIONA’s commitment to international expansion. Acciona’s main businesses operate in highly-regulated sectors and require close collaboration with international organisations, hence technical expertise and experience are an absolute priority for the Group. Miriam Gónzalez Durantez’s twelve years experience at the European Commission along with her expertise in international trade and also as a Partner at DLA Piper will greatly contribute to the consolidation of Acciona’s international footprint.
Commenting on this appointment the Chairman and CEO of Acciona, José Manuel Entrecanales, said: "We are absolutely delighted to offer this directorship to Miriam. Her experience at the Commission and in international trade is invaluable to us and is totally in line with Acciona’s business strategy. We look forward to welcoming her to the Board."
Acciona Energy focuses its activity on wind power. Its installed capacity in wind energy was 7,702 MW at 31 September 2009. It has implemented 271 wind farms with 7,275 wind turbines (both for itself and for other customers), making it the world leader in the development and construction of wind power facilities.
Acciona was awarded two important contracts. In March, the Company was selected to develop 306 MW of wind farm in Mexico, and a month later it won a build and maintenance tender (worth 575 million euros) in Canada for the Calgary highway.