Acciona appoints wife of British deputy PM to its board

8th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Spanish energy, construction and services group Acciona said Tuesday it had appointed the lawyer wife of Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to its board of directors as an independent advisor.

The appointment of Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, the daughter of a former Spanish senator who specializes in trade law, to the position will be approved at the company's next shareholder general assembly, it said in a statement.

Durantez, 42, has worked as an adviser on trade law, economic relations and the Middle East to both the European Union and the British foreign office.

She currently works in London as the head of international trade practice for the multi-national law firm DLA Piper.

Durantez met Clegg while they were both studying in Belgium. They wed in September 2000 and have three sons, Antonio, Alberto and Miguel.

She was born in the town of Olmedo in the central Spanish province of Valladolid. Her father served as a senator for Valladolid from 1989 until his death in 1996

Clegg, a Spanish speaker, is scheduled to hold talks in Madrid with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero at the start of a two-day visit to Spain.

Acciona has been moving its focus from roads and construction to renewable energy. It is one of Spain's biggest companies with annual revenues of around 6.5 billion euros (7.8 billion dollars).

© 2010 AFP

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