Luis Urbano

Regional Leader

Office Location: Madrid

Phone: +34 91 3915256

Luis Urbano is regional managing partner for Heidrick & Struggles’ Europe and Africa locations and a member of the firm’s Consumer Markets Practice. Luis works from the Madrid office primarily and specializes in high-level search assignments within the Media & Entertainment, Hospitality & Retail practices.

Luis also has experience placing leaders in CEO and board positions. With a strong background in the real estate industry, he is also a member of the Financial Services Practice. Luis previously served as managing partner for the Spain office and has also led the global Consumer Markets Practice.

Prior to his career in executive search, Luis held a number of senior international positions within retail, media, and real estate industries. He was general manager of Thorn Emi Rental Spain (Radio Rentals) where he was the driving force in a major expansion that drastically increased turnover and profitability. Prior to that, he was the vice president of operations for Virgin Retail Europe, a retail chain specializing in video, music, and books. Luis was also managing director of Grupo Riofisa where he had the responsibility to set up the shopping centers division. Riofisa is now one of the leading developers in this market segment. Luis also served as CEO for Deluxe Media Services Europe, a leading supplier for the media and entertainment business. He started his career as a finance director.

Luis is a member of Círculo de Empresarios (Spanish Entrepreneurs Association) and guest speaker at business schools ESADE, Instituto de Empresa and IESE. He speaks fluent Italian and English.


Luis holds a degree in economics and business management from the University of Madrid (Complutense) and C.E.U. (San Pablo).

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