Businessman and former minister José Lladó, founder of Técnicas Reunidas, dies at 89

MADRID, 15 Feb.

Businessman and former minister José Lladó, founder of Técnicas Reunidas, dies at 89


The businessman and former minister José Lladó, founder, honorary president and leading shareholder of the engineering and construction group Técnicas Reunidas, has died at the age of 89, as confirmed on its social networks by the Reina Sofía Art Museum, of which Lladó was the first president of its Royal Board of Trustees, from 1986 to 1994.

Doctor in Chemical Sciences and Industrial Chemistry and Honorary Member of the American Chemical Society, Lladó (Madrid, 1934) was one of the main drivers of the international expansion of Técnicas Reunidas, of which he was president for 14 years, until 2020, when He handed over the baton to his son Juan Lladó and became the Honorary Presidency of the company.

Ambassador of Spain to the United States from 1978 to 1982, Lladó was Minister of Commerce and Minister of Transportation and Communications between 1976 and 1978, in the first years of Democracy.

Passionate about art, Lladó was also a patron of the Friends of the Prado Museum Foundation from 1983 to 2021, when he became an honorary patron.

Throughout his professional career, José Lladó also held the positions of president of the General Council of Chemists of Spain and the Higher Council of Scientific Research (CSIC), and was founder of the Cultural Support Foundation and the College Foundation. Free of University Emeritus.

Among other decorations, Lladó received the Grand Cross of Civil Merit during his lifetime, the commendation of the French Legion of Honor and the Grand Cross of Charles III.

José Lladó Fernández-Urrutia was elected president of Técnicas Reunidas in 2006, a position in which he remained until the end of June 2020, when he was replaced by his son Juan Lladó.

Through Aragonesas Promoción de Obras y Construcciones and Araltec, the Lladó family is the main shareholder of Técnicas Reunidas, with 37.20% of the shareholding.

"We are saddened to share the news of the death of José Lladó, first president of the Royal Board of Trustees of our Museum. We will always thank him for his unconditional support and everything he did for the Reina Sofía," the Museum has published on its social networks.