The event was attended by the Second Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, Yolanda Díaz
The president of Seat and Cupra, Wayne Griffithsreceived the EL MUNDO Motor-Galera Protagonist Award this Wednesday at an event that took place at the Westin Palace Hotel in Madrid and was attended by Yolanda DiazSecond Vice President of the Government and Minister of Labor and Social Economy, and White Ral, General Secretary of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises.
At the award ceremony, held in collaboration with Repsol and HankookThe heads of the main automobile firms and numerous personalities from the business world have attended, all of them accompanied by the director of EL MUNDO, Joaquin Manso; the president of the Publishing Unit, Marco Pompignoli; the CEO and director of the Group, Nicola Speroni; the General Director of Advertising, Serge Cobos, and the deputy to the president, Francisco Rossell.
The second vice-president referred to the automotive industry as “vital” for Spain and highlighted the opportunity that the sustainable mobility model brings to a sector that will be “the vanguard of enormous social and collective changes”.
Likewise, Díaz highlighted the economic impact of “the forecast of 140,000 new jobs, an improvement in the contribution to GDP of between one and two points and more than 250,000 electric vehicles, which will have between 80,000 and 100,000 recharging points available”.
For his part, Wayne Griffiths has been optimistic despite the current economic uncertainty and has highlighted the need to have “generous and responsible political organizations” with the aim of “taking the great leap towards electrification in Spain and continue in the future.” podium of car manufacturing in Europe”.
In this regard, the president of Seat and Cupra He recalled “the mobilization of 10,000 million euros to promote the electrification of Spain” by his company and 61 other companies, which represents, in his own words, “the largest industrial investment in the country’s history”.
Griffiths has highlighted the contradiction of the investment effort with the fact that Spain is at the tail end of Europe in terms of infrastructure development and sales of electric cars, which barely represent 3% of the total.
During his speech, Joaqun Manso highlighted the value of a sector, that of the automobile, which “employs two million people, if you add up the entire value chain” and has defined the “historic moment of change” as the main challenge for the industry, which involves the transition from the combustion engine to electrification and sustainable mobility.
“In order to successfully face this challenge, we must succeed in the processes of training and adapting workers to the new needs of production, oriented towards efficiency and added value, and be able to compensate for the losses in traditional employment that could occur with the new alternatives that will undoubtedly emerge in the value chain and that we will have to conduct in accordance with a great national plan for the country”, he asserted.
EL MUNDO Motor-Galera Leading Awards
The EL MUNDO Motor-Gallery Protagonist Awards, which celebrate their 16th edition this year, reward professionals who, with their work, contribute to the development of the automotive sector in any of its aspects.
Griffiths (Dukinfield, 1966) is currently president of the Seat and Cupra brands and a member of the Board of Directors of Volkswagen Spain Group Distribution, which markets the Audi, Skoda, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands. In addition, he is president of Anfac, the Spanish Association of Car and Truck Manufacturers.
The British executive has been linked to the world of the automobile all his life. In 1989 he joined Audi AG as an intern, which meant his entry into the German consortium, in which he has since developed his professional career. Although it is also possible to mention a brief stint at Seat, between 1991 and 1993, to return to Audi, where he held various positions of responsibility in the commercial division in different markets. In 2016 he became the commercial vice president of Seat SA and was appointed to his current position in the fall of 2020.