Urbaser appoints Fernando Abril-Martorell CEO

Highly experienced CEO will accelerate company’s expansion focused on circular economy solutions


Urbaser, one of the world’s largest providers of environmental services, announced today the appointment of Fernando Abril-Martorell as CEO. Mr. Abril-Martorell will start his role on the 15th June 2022.

The appointment follows the completion of an extensive international search process that was previously announced in January.

Mr. Abril-Martorell has held executive positions in different Ibex 35 companies. He was most recently Chairman and CEO of Indra and served previously as CEO of Grupo Prisa, CEO of Credit Suisse in Spain and Portugal, and CFO and later CEO of Grupo Telefonica. Early in his career he spent 10 years in various positions at JP Morgan in Madrid, London and New York.

“We are committed to providing Urbaser with all the resources it needs to maximize its potential, which includes recruiting the best management talent to lead the company forward,” said Louis Samson, Partner at Platinum Equity, which acquired Urbaser last year.

“Fernando is an exceptional leader and proven CEO who we believe is the perfect fit for Urbaser. He has strong values and an impressive track record building and managing high-performance teams across a range of different industries,” added Daniel Madden, Managing Director at Platinum Equity.

The company’s circular solutions are central pillars for the major trends of environmental sustainability and specifically of circular economy and the transition to zero waste economies in the world.

“Urbaser is a well-recognized leader in circular economy solutions and an excellently positioned company, with an opportunity to make an even bigger impact as the company continues to grow sustainably in other parts of the world,” said Mr. Abril-Martorell. “I am thrilled to join the company and to have an opportunity to work alongside more than 60,000 men and women who are committed to create a real impact on their communities.”

Mr. Abril-Martorell is currently a member of Board of Directors of Energía y Celulosa, S.A. and Adevinta ASA. He is a graduate in Law and Business Administration from ICADE (Madrid).