José Manuel Vargas has been a senior advisor at Rhône since 2006 and became a partner in November 2017. He is also CEO at Maxam since April 2020.
Previously he had been Chairman and CEO of Aena SME, SA, and led the restructuring process and partial privatization of the company and its IPO in 2015. He has also served as managing director, financial director of Vocento and Board member of ABC. Prior to working in the communication sector, he had been financial director and general secretary of JOTSA (of the Philipp Holzmann group).
José Manuel has served on several boards, such as those of the COPE radio station, Net TV and the newspaper Correo. In 2015 he won the prize for Best Executive of the Year awarded by the Spanish Executives Assocation (Asociación Española de Directivos -AED) and was named Person of the Year in the economic and financial field by Spanish economic newspaper El Economista. He graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid and holds a Law Degree from UNED.
He is also a chartered accountant. Mr. Vargas currently serves also on the Board of Directors of Fluidra.