How long have you been with Telefónica and what is your assessment of your time here?
I have been with Telefónica since September 1970. That’s when I came into the world, the second son of Alfonso “el de la Telefónica”, which is how my father was known in the neighbourhood. So, to paraphrase Los Panchos, I have been with Telefónica for a lifetime. Although I have only been working “alone” since 1991.
As for my assessment of this time, beyond how quickly it has gone by (sad face), you can imagine how I feel about Telefónica having subsidised all my baby bottles: Telefónica is my home, it’s in my DNA.
Is there any project at Telefónica that you feel particularly satisfied with or proud of?
UNIVERSAL SERVICE, in capital letters. Any society needs communication to look forward and not fall behind. And here our company has played a fundamental role in the history of both urban and rural Spain.
What do you think Telefónica has contributed to society?
Although it may sound cliché (I’m a fan of clichés and talking out of my mouth), the most important thing has been to bring so many generations into communication with each other. It’s a pity that it hasn’t helped us all understand each other a little better on a social level, but we’re going to keep trying.
Where do you see Telefónica in the future?
Hopefully as a role model in the business world, which is where we belong because of our history and our day-to-day work. Striving to continue creating communication links between people. Contributing to technical progress, but without forgetting the human side, which is the broth that gives chicken its flavour.
Could you live without a mobile phone?
My children, I’m afraid not, but I wouldn’t have a problem. In fact, I still read on paper, use the usual road maps, meet people in person for the following week, as I did when I was at university, and when I go running I never take it with me. I’m a bit of an antique on legs, but I strongly recommend its use to everyone; I’m not going to throw stones against my own roof (laughs).
Help us solve one of the great enigmas of humanity: the potato omelette… With onion or without onion?
If we go on arguing like this we’ll definitely be invaded by aliens (laughs). As I’m a good eater, I’ll leave it at a technical draw, without extremism. What is cooked with love is always a pleasure to taste, even if it’s made by your father-in-law (more laughter).
Any personal project you would like to highlight?
I’ve spent my whole life between writing and clowning around, so by merging both passions I’ve come up with the idea that I want to write for fun. The global political and humanitarian scene is too gloomy and something has to be laughed at. If you like bad jokes and juggling with words, look for me on twitter (@elTRIAglobero) where I bake one every day. Hey, and if anyone from Movistar + wants to take a look at the story of the triathlete globero to shoot the series (now that they are so fashionable), don’t worry about the rights, I have them at such a good price that they’ll take them off my hands (laughs).
Nominate another colleague to appear in this section
Any of the many people I have met throughout my time in the company and who have always been there for whatever I needed. How difficult it is to choose between good people…. But if it comes down to it, pinto, pinto, golgorito, the winner is… Jorge Crespo Díaz (but because I have him right next to me).