Telefonica's board taps Alvarez-Pallete as chief executive
MADRID (AP) — Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica says its board has unanimously voted in Jose Maria Alvarez-Pallete as chief executive and chairman of the board.
Telefonica SA said in a statement Friday that Alvarez-Pallete replaces Cesar Alierta, who is stepping down after 16 years but will retain a seat on the company's board.
Alvarez-Pallete has been the company's chief operating officer and has worked directly under Alierta since 2012 in a process grooming him for the top job.
Telefonica is Spain's largest telecommunications company and has extensive operations throughout Latin America and in Germany.