Change of presidency in the Círculo Ecuestre. This Thursday, September 28, the current First Vice President of the club, Enrique Lacalle Coll (Barcelona, 1950) has been elected as the new President of the entity. Lacalle, a renowned businessman with a long professional career and a strong vocation for service to the city of Barcelona, has held the vice presidency since 2019 and will succeed Antonio Delgado in the position.
Lacalle has assumed the presidency of the club in an electoral process that has had a single candidate. This election reflects the broad support and recognition that Lacalle has obtained among the nearly 1,500 members that make up the Círculo Ecuestre.
With the appointment of Enrique Lacalle, the new board will be made up of four Vice Presidents: Juan Ignacio Marull, Vice President of the Economics area; Antonio Gámiz, Vice President of the Social Area; Luis Conde, Vice President of the Institutional Area, and Eva Moll, Vice President of the Culture Area. The Board, which also doubles the number of women compared to the previous government, going from three to six, will also have a secretary, a vice-secretary, a treasurer and 23 members, among whom are prominent names from the economic and business sector of Barcelona. The general management of the club will continue under the figure of David Galán.
In statements to the Círculo Ecuestre, Enrique Lacalle remarked:
“It is an honor and a privilege to preside over a century-old institution, so deeply rooted in the economic, political and cultural fabric of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain as a whole. The objective that we set for ourselves from the new Board is to ensure that the Círculo Ecuestre continues to be the reference club and positions itself as a meeting and debate point for civil society at the service of Barcelona."
To carry out this task, the new President has designed a roadmap marked by six main lines of action:
Strengthen networking activities by promoting private events between partners, as well as meetings and conferences with the most relevant figures in the country. To this end, the Círculo Ecuestre will continue to promote such emblematic forums as 'Barcelona Capital Forum' and 'Madrid-Barcelona Crossed Agendas Forum', among others.
Modernize and rejuvenate the club by increasing the presence of women and young people in governing bodies.
Strengthen the weight of the entity in the economic and business sphere through the creation of a new Business Advisory Council of the Círculo Ecuestre - called the Círculo de Empresarios del Ecuestre - and which will bring together those partners with greater responsibility at the head of the companies in the country.
Increase the presence and influence of the club at the state level, for which the Advisory Council of the Círculo Ecuestre in Madrid is created, which brings together the main members of the club who reside in Madrid. This council will be chaired by Joaquín Güell Ampuero.
Consolidate the Círculo Ecuestre as a dynamic element of the culture and art of Barcelona, mainly through the By Invitation fair, which in the last three years has established itself as one of the leading modern and contemporary art events in Barcelona.
Improve the club's facilities to modernize them and make them more comfortable and accessible to members.
About Enrique Lacalle
Enrique Lacalle Coll (Barcelona, December 15, 1950) is married to Chantal Muls and is the father of five children. In addition to holding the vice presidency of the Círculo Ecuestre in the last four years (2019-2023), Lacalle is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Godó Group, a member of the Council of Hotels Catalonia, advisor to the Presidency of Foment and president of the International Automobile Show - Automobile Barcelona.
Between 1987 and 1996, Enrique Lacalle was a councilor of the Barcelona City Council. At the same time, between 1991 and 1995, he served as vice president of the Provincial Council and, between 1989 and 1991, he was a deputy in Congress. Between 1996 and 2004, he was special delegate of the State in the Free Trade Zone Consortium (CZF) and, between 2000 and 2003, vice president of the Barcelona Football Club. Likewise, during his professional career he has served as a director of Red Eléctrica España (2003-2004); Executive President of the Barcelona Meeting Point (1997-2015), and has been a member of the Board of Directors of Fira de Barcelona (2004-2019).