On Monday 14th March the Spanish Chamber organised the Annual Patrons’ Dinner. The event was held at the Spanish Embassy and H.E. the Ambassador of Spain Mr. Federico Trillo-Figueroa was our exceptional host for the evening. On this occasion, we were honoured to count on the attendance of Mr. Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive at the London Stock Exchange Group, as our Guest of Honour for the evening.
Our guests were welcomed with a selection of canapés that they could enjoy along with cava and wine during the pre-dinner reception. This was the perfect opportunity for our Patrons to greet in a relaxed manner and catch up with each other before dinner.
After the reception, Patrons proceeded to the dining area to take their seats and get ready to enjoy a three-course dinner which consisted of baby cuttlefish with onion cream, veal tenderloin with Port and Mustard sauce, a mushroom cream and potato fondant, and finally apple millefeuille with walnuts, custard cream and lemon sauce.
Before dinner was served H.E. the Ambassador Mr. Federico Trillo-Figueroa opened the evening with a special speech welcoming all the attendees to the Embassy. After the Ambassador, it was the turn of Mr. Javier San Basilio, President of the Spanish Chamber, who continued by expressing his gratitude for the support that Patrons provide to this institution.
He also mentioned the new Patrons that the Chamber has gained since the last year’s dinner which were: Codorniú Raventós, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Grange Hotels, Konecta, Lloyds Bank, Mahou San Miguel, SCA ONTIER and Telefónica Digital. Furthermore, he took the opportunity to remind attendees of this year’s Annual Golden Award which would take place next 21st of April again at the Embassy residence.
He then gave the floor to Mr. Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive at the London Stock Exchange Group and Guest of Honor of this special dinner.
Mr. Rolet was appointed to the Board in March 2009 and appointed Chief Executive later that year. He has a wide career in the financial sector, having worked in Lehman Brothers from 2000 to 2008 and previously at other enterprises such as Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Credit Suisse First Boston or Goldman Sachs.
After the speeches, it was time for guests to enjoy the dinner and later to move on to the main reception room, where coffee and petit fours were served. Attendees enjoyed thus the end of the event in a comfortable atmosphere and could exchange impressions with the Ambassador, the Guest of Honor and the President of the Chamber. This was the perfect closure for such a fantastic evening.
We would like to thank our Patrons for their attendance and we look forward to seeing them at the next Patrons’ Event.
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