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José Julián Echevarría, Aerospace & Defence Managing Director at Sener, Receives the Cross of Military Merit with White Decoration


With this honour, the Ministry of Defence recognises his work and commitment to the values of the Armed Forces, highlighting his contributions to national defence as well as his dedication to the principles upheld by these institutions.

The ceremony took place at the Retamares Base in Pozuelo de Alarcón, in an event presided over by Teodoro Esteban López Calderón, Chief of Defence Staff. More than 1,000 people attended the ceremony.

José Julián Echevarría (born in Bilbao, 1965) holds a degree in mechanical industrial engineering from the Higher Technical School of Engineering (ETSI) of Bilbao, University of the Basque Country (UPV), and has completed a master’s in business administration at the University of Deusto. He is currently the Managing Director of Aerospace and Defence at Sener, a role he has held since 2013 when it was a business unit, and since 2019, as a subsidiary encompassing all of Sener’s activities in Space, Defence, and Science. He leads a team of more than 1,000 professionals.

Echevarría has had a long career at Sener, where he has worked since joining as an engineer in 1989. Additionally, since 2022, he has chaired HEGAN, the Basque Country’s aerospace and space cluster.

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