Xavier Torra obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (1973) and Master in Marketing Direction from ESADE (1984). He is counselor in family businesses: Encofrados Alsina, Roquet, Girbau, Borges and Relats. Member of CAREC – Government of Catalonia. He is part of the Industry Commission and the Circle of Economy’s Tex Commission, and President of the Board of trustees at the Foundation OXFAM-Intermón Spain. Since 1992 to 2014 was CEO at Simon Holding, is an industrial group made up of 25 companies throughout the world, with its headquarters in Barcelona (Spain), in the business of producing and marketing low-voltage electrical items, electronics, etc. Before he occupied different executive positions, in Dupont de Nemours, British Petroleum, and Union Carbide (Argon). Since 1985 he is marketing teacher in ESADE.