Julio Linares is a telecommunications engineer who joined Telefónica’s R&D Centre in May 1970 and held various positions there before being appointed Head of Telefónica’s Technology department in 1984.
In April 1990 he was appointed General Manager of Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo (Telefónica I + D). In December 1994 he became Deputy General Manager of Telefónica’s Marketing and Services Development, in the commercial area, subsequently moving to the position of Deputy General Manager for Corporate Marketing. In July 1997 he was appointed CEO of Telefónica Multimedia, and President of Telefónica Cable and Producciones Multitemáticas. In May 1998 he was appointed General Manager of Strategy and Technology in Telefónica, S.A.’s Corporate Centre.
He has been CEO of Telefónica de España since January 2000. In June 2005 he was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Cesky Telecom. In December 2005 he became Managing Director for Coordination, Business Development and Synergies in Telefónica S.A., where he was also a Member of the Board of Directors and Secretary for the Executive Committee. In December 2007 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Telefónica, S.A. and he held this position until September 2012. He is now Vicepresident of Telefónica, S.A. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee in Telecom Italia.
He is also a member of the Advisory Boards of Telefónica Europe, Telefónica Latinoamérica, Telefónica Digital and of the Social Council of the Complutense University of Madrid.