Sunday, October 1

The SEPI places the former communication director of the PSOE as president of the Zarzuela Hippodrome

The State Society of Industrial Participations (SEPI) will propose this Thursday to its board of directors the appointment of Maritcha Ruiz Mateos, former director of Communication of the PSOE, as the new president of the Zarzuela Racecourse, according to what has been advanced Five days and they confirm to sources aware of the process.

From deputy director of the Cabinet of the Presidency of the Government to president of the La Zarzuela racetrack

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The next president of the Zarzuela Hippodrome has a degree in Information Sciences, a diploma in Business Communication from the European Institute of Health and Social Welfare and an expert in Institutional Relations and Protocol from the Distance University (UNED).

Ruiz Mateos is going to replace Francisco Salazar, who has just been appointed Secretary General for Political Planning in the Cabinet of the President of the Government. Salazar, who was appointed president of the racecourse a year ago, has returned to Moncloa after his brief period in the public company, in which he ended up after his dismissal as deputy director of the Cabinet of the Presidency of the Government, in parallel to the departure of Iván Redondo as director of Pedro Sánchez’s cabinet.

Ruiz Mateos left the party’s communication department after the changes made by Pedro Sánchez in his Federal Executive and after the resignation of Adriana Lastra, with whom she was very close, as deputy general secretary of the PSOE.

The Zarzuela Hippodrome, a state company that has never been profitable and that manages that emblematic and loss-making venue in Madrid, will once again be managed in this way by a profile close to communication. This was the case during the stage of Faina Zurita, head of the venue during the years of Mariano Rajoy in Moncloa and still today director of the foundation of the public holding company.

The future president of the Zarzuela Hippodrome is a person very close to the Prime Minister, with whom she promoted the Socialist Youth of Tetuán in the early 1990s. Ruiz Mateos was the director of Communication of the PSOE from the arrival of Pedro Sánchez to Moncloa in June 2018 until the recent departure of Lastra.