Trade Development & Communications S.A. is an Investor/Partner in the Company and Jan Skybak has been elected to the Board of Advisors of the Company. Mr. Skybak the President of Trade Development & Communications S.A., an international Investment and Consulting Company, based in Madrid, Spain and operating throughout Europe, USA and the Middle East. He has over 25 years experience in the packaging and glass container industries where he began with Owens-Illinois. Over the years he held several senior management positions in their global operations including Commercial Director for Latin America. He then joined the Senior Management of the Danone Group (yogurt Evian mineral water etc.) and participated in a Management Buyout of the packaging operations of the company in 1999 which they later sold back to Owens-Illinois.
Jan was Chairman of CETIE based in Paris, France from 2002 through 2006 which is the European Institution for technical normalization of all beverage packaging. He was President of the Spain/Norway Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 1999 and remains on the Board today. In recent years he has been involved in a variety of international industries ((digital photo, spirits & beverage, packaging, etc), and sits on several Corporate Boards, including the Advisory Board of Violy & Co, a NY Investment Bank. He recently took over as Managing Director of Iberia & Latin America for the Blom Group (www.blomasa.com), a publicly traded Norwegian Company and a leading participant in the international geospatial industry in the acquisition, processing and modelling of geographic information.
Mr. Skybak has a Masters Degree in International Management from Thunderbird (AGSIM) USA, and a BA in Business Organization from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is a Norwegian Citizen and speaks fluent Spanish, English, French, German and Norwegian.