Born in Burgos, Jesus studied Business Administration at the University of Deusto (Bilbao) and at Heriott Watt University (Edinburgh), subsequently obtaining a Master’s Degree in Pharma Management with the IE- Instituto de Empresa (Madrid).
He joined AstraZeneca in Spain after having held a position as a consultant at Andersen Consulting for several years. After initially working in the IS/IT Department, Jesús held various positions and roles in marketing and sales for Gastrointestinal, Infectious, CNS, Urology and Oncology brands.
In 2008, he moved to Portugal as Sales PC and Marketing Director, where he led the company’s reorganization in parallel to achieve 24% growth of the business for two consecutive years.
Already back in Spain at the end of 2010, he held the positions of VP of Sales and Marketing Director, and was an active part in the implementation of the access and regional structure of the company. He also led the launch of key brands through a series of parallel process restructuring.
In 2012, he joined the global structure of the company in London, where he developed various positions of responsibility and leadership in several franchises.
In May 2015, he returned to Portugal as Country President, leading a cultural change and turning AstraZeneca Portugal into a leading company in its key therapeutic areas (Oncology, Cardio metabolism and Respiratory), transforming it into the number 2 in the market and in Great Place to Work in Portugal for 3 consecutive years.
Jesús believes in value-based management, team building and he s passionate about working to create innovative medicines that help the maximum number of patients.
In April 2019, Jesus joins Novartis Pharmaceutical as General Director of Novartis Pharmaceutical and Country President of the Novartis group in Spain guiding cultural transformation as well as consolidating the company’s leadership position.