The Honorary President of the SENER Group, Jorge Sendagorta Gomendio, receives the Aster Lifetime Achievement Award19/10/2021 (Spain)
The Honorary President of the SENER Group, Jorge Sendagorta Gomendio, has received the Aster Lifetime Achievement Award from the ESIC Business & Marketing School, one of Spain's leading marketing schools.
These awards, presented annually since 1982, recognize the merits of individuals and organizations in their professional activity. The Honorary President of the SENER Group picked up the statuette at an event that was held on Tuesday, October 19 at the ESIC campus in Madrid.
In this 39 edition, ESIC decided to honor Jorge Sendagorta Gomendio for his successful career. A PhD in Naval Architecture, Jorge Sendagorta began his career in 1978 as technical director at the offshore structures and facilities shipyard of Dragados y Construcciones (Offshore Division). In 1981, he founded and led SEAPLACE, an engineering company specializing in offshore platforms and complex marine installations. Currently, and since 2020, Jorge Sendagorta has been the Honorary President of SENER, an Engineering Group that is active in the aerospace, marine, infrastructure and energy sectors, employs 2,350 people, has a turnover in excess of 400 million euros and is renowned for its ability to innovate and its international growth. He joined the company in 1986 as Deputy Managing Director and was its CEO from 1990 to 2018 and its President from 2000 to 2020. Under his chairmanship, in addition to the group's own activities, SENER founded and was a shareholder in ITP (Industria de Turbopropulsores), which focused on the design and manufacture of aviation engines, and eight other industrial plants dedicated to electricity generation with renewable sources and the circular economy, such as Torresol Energy and Zabalgarbi.
Throughout his career, Jorge Sendagorta has been a member of the Social Councils of the Rey Juan Carlos University and the Autonomous University of Madrid UAM, Chairman of the Alumni Association of the IESE Business School, and Chairman of the Basque Business Association. He is currently a full member of the Royal Academy of the Sea.
His academic background includes a doctorate in Naval Architecture from the Politechnic University of Madrid UPM, where he subsequently taught PhD courses from 1978 to 1984 in the areas of "Wave Dynamics" and "Ship Behavior at Sea." He received a Master's in Ocean Engineering from M.I.T. (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and rounded out his academic training by completing the IESE Business School's Senior Business Management Program (PADE) in 1990.
Jorge Sendagorta's career has been recognized with prizes and awards on numerous occasions; among his other accolades, he is an Honorary Member of the Spanish Institute of Engineering, Honorary Associate of the Official College of Naval and Ocean Engineers (COIN), and Consul of Bilbao. He has also received the Bizkaia Sarean award, presented by the Association for the Promotion and Networking of Bizkaia's Companies, BizkaiRed, the Award for the Best Basque Business Owner from the Basque Company and Society Foundation (2011), and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young, the IESE Business School, the Vocento Group and Fortis.