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Mr. Ricardo Cabeza Rodríguez
General Manager Grupo El Gaitero / Valle, Ballina y Fernández, S.A.

25 years of experience in management positions in all functional areas of the company and different business environments: cooperatives, family businesses, multinationals and ownership by several Venture Capital Groups.

Experience in processes of internationalisation of companies, expansion, modernisation and adaptation to new business culture and business development, in Venture Capital shareholding environments.

Since September 2018 Managing Director of the Business Group whose parent company is Valle, Ballina y Fernández, S.A., better known as Sidra El Gaitero.

The Business Group, in addition to El Gaitero, is mainly made up of companies in the agri-food sector, with the following companies standing out: Industrial Zarracina, Concentrados de Villaviciosa and Real Agrado - Viñedos de Alfaro (DOC Rioja wines). The diversification of the group is completed with Graficas Summa, in the graphic arts sector.

Member of the Plenary of the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Oviedo.


  • Degree in Economics and Business Studies, Business Branch. University of Oviedo (1985-1990).
  • M.B.A. (Master in Business Administration) IE Business School (Instituto de Empresa). Madrid (1992)
  • Marketing and Sales Programme. Commercial Management ESADE Business School. Barcelona (2014)
  • Programme in Family Business Management IE Business School. Madrid (2019)

Previous positions:

  • GENERAL MANAGER Southern Europe LINPAC Packaging Ltd and GENERAL MANAGER Spain and Portugal Klockner Pentaplast LINPAC (August 2.014 - August 2.018).
  • GENERAL MANAGER at MIVISA BENELUX, B.V., Horst, Limburg, The Netherlands/ currently Grupo Domínguez y Cía. Venezuela (January 2.012 - November 2.013).
  • MANAGING DIRECTOR of MIVISA ENVASES, S.A.U., at its plant in Llanera, Asturias / currently Crown Holdings Group (October 2.000 - December 2.011).
  • GENERAL MANAGER of "Cooperativa de Agricultores del Concejo de Gijón, Sdad. Coop. Ltda." (July 1997 - July 2000).
  • OFFICE MANAGER, "BANCO DE ASTURIAS, S.A." (BANCO SABADELL), Villaviciosa, Asturias (December 1995 - July 1997).