SPAIN - Josep Tarragó Colominas, who was the founder and CEO of the Spanish meat and food research institute IRTA from 1985 to 2008, has died in Barcelona at age of 68 after a long illness.
Graduate and doctor of veterinary medicine at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Master of Science from the University of Newcastle and diploma in business management at IESE (Barcelona), at the beginning of his career he developed different activities in the private sector (U.S. Feed Grains Council, State Sugar Council of the Dominican Republic) and in academia (Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Agriculture School in Barcelona).
Since the restoration of the Generalitat, Josep Tarragó held various positions in the administration of this institution.
He was General Director and General Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and, since its creation in 1985, he was the CEO of IRTA up to 2008.
Josep Tarragó stood out in his vision of the food-processing investigation and led IRTA towards model centres with the adequate scientific capacity for research, development and agrifood innovation fully oriented to the sector.
In 2009 the Catalan government awarded him the Creu de Sant Jordi in recognition of his work of modernization of the Catalan primary sector and for his efforts to place IRTA at the highest international standards.
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