Álvaro Nieto – Alumni of the Month – April 2018

My name is Álvaro Nieto and since March 1st 2018, I’m the new Head of National section in EL PAÍS newspaper. I was born in 1977 in Alcalá la Real in Jaén. I’ve been a professional journalist for 20 years and I have spent the last 13 directing teams; first at a financial newspaper, then at a weekly political magazine and now at the main newspaper of Spain.

In 2012, I decided to take an Executive MBA at IE, because I felt that I needed to broaden my business knowledge. It has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my entire life. It was hard, it’s true, but in the end, there are only good memories left.

The best part of the master were my fellow classmates; many of them are my friends today. But there is something more, during one of the parties we had, I met who is now my wife, who had also completed the same master’s degree a year before. And thus, we now have two awesome kids. So, there is no doubt that IE changed my life forever, both professionally and personally.

Apart from my personal life, the knowledge I acquired during my stay at IE has helped me to greatly improve my way of working. Today, I feel I am a better professional, more efficient managing complex views, more confident leading teams and I have gained a broader global vision of business.

Working at the most important newspaper, not only in Spain but also in Latam, is a great achievement, so I can’t ask for much more now from my professional career, than contribute to further development of this newspaper. It is an honor to belong to EL PAÍS, and to be able to manage the exceptional journalists in my team.

However, I also have fond memories of my previous experiences, especially when I was a correspondent in Brussels, from 1999 to 2006. It was a very enriching time because I had to cover everything related to the European Union and the introduction of the common currency, the euro. At that time, I had the opportunity to travel throughout the continent and to get to know most of the countries.

Now at EL PAÍS, I lead the National section, which includes all the news that takes place in Spain except economy, culture and sports. Hence, I deal with a wide range of topics, from politics to education, going through health, immigration, the environment…

I do not know what the future will bring, but as a marathon runner I know that in every race there are always good times but also many struggles and hard times. Failure is not falling, but not getting up again. And I think I have the tools, the experience and all the support to be able to do it, as many times as necessary.

Thanks very much.

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