JOAQUIM BORRÀS

Executive President, ISS Spain

Joaquim Borràs was born in Barcelona in 1957, is married and has 3 children. Today he is Executive President of ISS Spain (Country Manager). ISS is one of the largest service companies in the world, employing more than 500.000 persons worldwide, 3rd employer in Europe. Joaquim started ISS in Spain from zero in April 1999. Since then, ISS Spain acquired and integrated around 50 companies in the services field: cleaning, building maintenance, catering, pest control, indoor air quality (legionella disinfection…), landscaping, support services (receptionists, internal mail) and a minor security operation.

 

In 2011 ISS Spain had a revenue of EUR 600 million and around 30.000 employees, from which 3.500 are immigrants and more than 1000 are handicapped. ISS is very active in the Corporate Social Responsibility field; among others, ISS has the Foundation “ISS Una sonrisa más” with around 2700 employee volunteers, being the major Unions its patrons (CCOO and UGT), helping to create employment in less developed companies through micro credits. Despite the difficult economic situation, under the leadership of Joaquim , ISS Spain has been able to grow in the last 2 years, offering socially responsible cost cutting, with the objective of keeping social peace (minimal dismissals) and saving through environmentally friendly business solutions. Prior to this position, Joaquim was Country Manager of Nilfisk Advance in Spain and Portugal, a company producing and selling cleaning machines both to the household and the professional markets. He had different jobs, both local as international.

 

He has been member of different Boards of Directors, like CEVITISA (Wine), INTERLAIN (perfume), NILFISK Spain (cleaning products and machines). Today, he is Patron of Fundacio Garbi Pere Vergés (private school with around 2000 pupils) and Chairman/Managing Director of ISS Spain Board.

Joaquim studied a 5 years degree in Business Administration at ESADE, Barcelona, plus a Program of International Management at Mc. Gill University, Montreal and Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), Paris. He speaks Spanish, Catalan, English and French and has some notions of Portuguese, Italian, German and Danish.

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