Freepik Company appoints Manuel Fernandez as COO
At Freepik Company we are pleased to announce the appointment of Manuel Fernández as our Chief Operations Officer (COO). Fernández, who holds this newly created position since the month of May, is now leading the managing team of our tech company, based in Malaga.
Until his appointment in Freepik Company, Fernández has been Chief Innovation Officer of a multinational specialized in the retail sector. Now, with his new role as COO in one of the most outstanding companies in the microstock industry, the management team of Freepik Company is reinforced with a professional who has extensive experience in defining and developing strategic plans of international scope. Manuel will also add value in coordination and optimization activities driving all areas to achieve our most ambitious goals.
As COO, Manuel Fernández is also leading the daily activity of the company which has 237 employees, and states that:
“I’m thrilled to be part of Freepik Company. It is a very exciting project and with a huge potential in each and every one of its products. From the first moment I am working with the entire team to reinforce and develop new products and help continue to generate growth”.
Alejandro Sánchez, co-founder of Freepik Company and current CEO, adds that:
“Manuel has arrived in the perfect moment to strengthen the development of the company, he brings his great experience and his successful career in the management area. We are proud to have appointments of this level and we are sure that he will help us with the expansion of our products in more international markets”.
Manuel Fernández has an extensive career in innovation management and international company operations, having been awarded as CIO of 2019 by the International Data Corporation (IDC, the main provider of market intelligence). His work as Director of Strategy and Innovation of Laureate Europe (the largest international network of private academic institutions of higher education), positioned as the largest investment fund in this sector globally has been remarkable. Furthermore, he is a Professor at the European University of Madrid, in ESESA (Business Higher Education School) and in The Valley Business School.
The new COO from Freepik Company has an engineering PhD by the European University of Madrid, an International Executive MBA by Instituto de Empresa Business School (IE), Superior Telecommunication Engineering by University of Málaga and has completed his education in LSE (UK) and MIT (US).