Ramón Betolaza has over 18 years investment experience in distressed, special situations and rescue and stabilization of companies across the cycles in Europe, U.S. and Asia. Ramon was a partner from inception of MatlinPatterson Global Advisers LLC in New York, which was created in 2002 through the spin-off of the Credit Suisse Distressed Securities Group. Ramon was the Head of Europe form 2006 and a member of the Investment Committee until his retirement from the firm in December 2009. Prior to July 2002, Ramon was director at Credit Suisse in the Distressed Securities Group, the predecessor group to MatlinPatterson, which he joined in 1997 in London. Ramon started his investing career in distressed and special situations at Banco Santander in London at the inception of the European HY Market in 1996. He holds a Degree in Economics and Financial Management from Universidad Comercial de Deusto and earned his MBA, summa cum laude, from IE – Instituto de Empresa Business School, where he currently serves on the IE International Advisory Board and is a member of the Council of Advisers to the IE Fund. Ramon has extensive experience as a proactive board member in private and listed companies and currently serves on the boards of various privately held companies.