The American Business Council is a business association founded in 1988, to which some of the most important North American companies with a presence in Spain and represented at the highest level (President – CEO) belong.

Our association is entirely independent, which means it does not depend on any public or private organisation whatsoever and is financed exclusively through its associated companies.

Some of the most significant economic data on the relationship between Spain and the USA can be found in the Bank of Spain’s report, prepared specially for the meeting held with the Governor of the Bank of Spain, Pablo Hernández de Cos, with representatives of the American companies of the American Business Council on 5 February 2020.

American companies directly or indirectly employ more than 300,000 workers in Spain.

The ABC is a meeting point for representatives of North American companies to share experiences and points of view. To this end, we hold regular meetings, which are also attended by personalities from business and political life, and an annual summit with presentations and discussion panels on issues of economic, political and social interest.

The American Business Council regularly collaborates with the United States Embassy as well as in projects with other Spanish and foreign institutions, such as the Círculo de Empresarios, the CEOE, the Real Instituto Elcano, the Fundación España EE.UU, the IE Business School, as well as with different American universities.


Miguel Carmelo holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Studies from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a PhD from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid. He is currently CEO of Universidad Europea and president of the Foundation. Since January 2015, he has been the president of the American Business Council, an association that represents the interests of US-based multinational firms in Spain. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Círculo de Empresarios and member of the Board of Trustees of Save the Children Spain.

He began his career at Unilever España, where he held various management positions: in 1990 as Vice President of Marketing, in 1993 as President of a European Department based in London responsible for 17 countries, and finally in 1997 he was appointed president and general manager of Lever España.


Honorary President
D. Horacio Morell
President I.B.M., S.A.


Miguel Carmelo
President European University

Fernando Ruiz

Fernando Ruiz
President Deloitte

Bill Van Dyke 1

William Van Dyke
Country Officer Citibank España

Helena Herrero

Helena Herrero
President Hewlett Packard Española


Horacio Morell
President IBM

Jesus Alonso

Jesús Alonso
President Ford España

Foto Juan Orti American Express

Juan Orti Ochoa de Ocariz
President American Express

Juan Ignacio Elizalde

Juan Ignacio de Elizalde
Managing Director, Coca-Cola

Sergio Rodriguez - Pfizer

Sergio Rodríguez
Managing Director, Pfizer

Fotos Entrevista Adolfo Ramirez Escudero, presidente de CBRE. Foto: P. Moreno.

Adolfo Ramírez-Escudero
President and Managing Director, CBRE

Javier Aparicio

Javier Aparicio Carol