ELECTIONS 2015. Candidate - Benedito

ELECTIONS 2015. Candidate - Benedito

Studied law at the University of Barcelona, continued his studies in the United States on a Dealership Management course at the General Motors Institute, now Kettering University of Michigan and then did a masters in the management of Functional and Finance Areas at ESADE in Barcelona.

Until 2002, Agustí Benedito was general manager of the Grupo de Automoción Benedito, a network of car dealers and workshops based in Calle Aribau, Barcelona with more than 50,000 clients. He then managed the family’s assets and advised and supported the companies of the members of his family.

He is currently president of the Barcelona Export Group, an international business consultancy, which supports Catalan SMEs and large companies though their internationalisation processes, especially in Latin American markets. This group owns several countries in South America in the construction, industry and service sectors.

At the same time, he is also highly committed to social and civic causes, and personally collaborates with entities and associations in the tertiary sector. Benedito believes that cooperation is a fundamental aspect of human relations, both in personal and professional life.

Agustí Benedito has inherited his family’s strong ties to Barça. As a child he used to come to the camp Nou during the Cruyff era and when he was 18, Benedito became a Barça member and hasn’t missed a match since, and follows the team on away trips whenever he can. He is also a regular in the Palau Blaugrana and is a fervent follower of all the different sports teams and the youth teams.

Agustí Benedito has actively and selflessly participated in the social life of FC Barcelona for 20 years.

In 1996, along with a group of young supporters who shared his passion for Barça and the same way of understanding the club, he started mobilising and stimulating the social life of Fútbol Club Barcelona. They played a part in the 1997 elections by supporting the candidature of Àngel Fernández.

He later founded the “Elefant Blau” platform, a group formed pout of the very real fear at the time that the people managing the club were on a downward spiral that would lead the club to becoming a Limited Company. Unconditional defence of the unique ownership structure of the club culminated in a vote of no confidence  in president Josep Lluís Núñez in 1998. In the 2000 elections, the group joined the candidature of Lluís Bassat, but was beaten by the candidature of Joan Gaspart.

In 2003, he formed an active part of the group led by Joan Laporta. The candidature won the elections with a promising project of renovation, “Primer, el Barça”, which has been designed over many years and gained the majority support of the members. From 2003 to February 2009, Agustí Benedito formed part of the club’s Sports Commission and Social Commission. As a member of these commissions he was involved in of the club’s professional sections, but also, and most importantly, shared his passion for Barça with members all around the territory. His work was not reported in the media but was fundamental for the club and enriched his knowledge of how it works in a broad and transversal manner.

Despite differences of opinion with Joan Laporta, he continued to work with the club, seeking to defend the project and ideals that led to the changes in 2003: renovation, honesty, transparency and the participation of the members.

His discrete services to the club came to an abrupt end in February 2009, when he irrevocably resigned in the wake of what was known as the “Uzbekistan case”. Agustí Benedito considered this to have been a very serious case, because it broke from the principles that he had fought to defend for so many years.

On 7 October 2009, he publicly declared his intention to stand for the presidency in the FC Barcelona elections, backed by a group of supporters who shared his way of understanding the Club. On 13 June 2010 Agustí Benedito, with 8,044 votes, came second in those elections.

Since then, Benedito has had more than 500 meetings with member groups and Fútbol Club Barcelona fans and has articulated an active group of more than 300 people that are implicated in the project, all participating selflessly on different levels, working to re-unite Barça under the premises of transparency, participation, honesty and efficient management.

Although there have been discrepancies between him and the club management with regard to some fundamental issues, he decided not to oppose them and has limited his public appearances out of responsibility and the desire not to divide Barça supporters.