Mr. Joaquim Coello Brufau

Medalla nº LVI

He is a Naval Engineering graduate, from the Escuela Técnica de Ingenieros Navales de Madrid, specializing in Naval Construction and Exploitation, and Maritime Transport (1970).


He has an PDG from the IESE. He occupied several posts in the National Company Bazán (“Empresa Nacional Bazán”). He was head of the “Daphne” type Submarine Programme at the shipyards of Bazán (Cartagena) between 1970 and 1972. From 1973 to 1980 he was Project Engineer at these shipyards. In 1986, and until 1988, he returned to the E.N. Bazán as Head of the Technical and Commercial Office, and Head of the projects of the aircraft carriers and FFG Frigates that were being built for the Spanish Navy in the shipyards in Ferrol, managing a team of 400 technicians. Finally, between 1990 and 1995 he became, successively, Technical Director, and Technical and Commercial Director of E.N. Bazán in Madrid.


He was Area Platform Director and Head of the Spanish team for the Feasibility Study of the NF 90 Frigate in the Internationale Schiffs Studien (ISS) GmbH in Hamburg between 1984 and 1986. Following this, in 1989 and 1990, he was CEO of ISS on the Project Definition of this frigate.


Between 1995 and 2000 he was CEO of the company Industria de Turbo Propulsores (ITP); during this time the company expanded greatly, opening five subsidiary companies; three in Spain, one in the USA and one in Mexico. Between 2000 and 2002 he occupied the post of Chairman of Eurojet, a multinational society responsible for the design and manufacturing of the EJ 200 engine, for the European fighter plane, Eurofighter.


In 2002 and 2003 he was Managing Director of Gamesa Power Systems and Managing Director of Gamesa Eólica in 2004. In 2004 he was named Chairman of the Barcelona Port Authority, position that leaves in December of 2007 to be appointed CEO of the Applus Servicios Tecnológicos and now President.


He has held several posts related to research and technology: he has been Dean of the Official Spanish College of Naval and Ocean Engineers since 1998. He was Chairman of the Engine Sectorial Group (ESG), the Engine Sections of the Association of European Aerospace Material Manufactures between 1999 and 2002. He was President of the Association of Basque Aerospace Material Manufactures from 1995 – 2002. Between 2001 and 2002, he presided EUSKALIT, the Foundation for Quality in the Basque Country. It has been named in May 2007 President of the Social Council of the University of Barcelona.


As a naval engineer and a sea lover, he has participated in different sporting nautical projects, as much in the design of the boats as crew in the regattas. In 1978, he participated in the regatta “La Route du Rhum”, crossing the Atlantic single-handed. That was also the year when he was named “Nautical Sportsman of the Year”. Between 1980 and 1986 he designed sailing boats, including the highly acclaimed schooner the “Idus de Marzo”, the first Spanish boat in the Atlantic. He was also the director of the project “Balandro Licor 43”, with which he was captain of the round-the-world regatta “Withbreath” in 1981 / 1982.


He has received two Naval Merit crosses and one Aeronautical cross. He was also awarded the Great Cross of the Order of Alfonso X.