Letizia from Spain: everything you need to know about María Dolores Ocaña, her new right-hand woman

Letizia from Spain: everything you need to know about María Dolores Ocaña, her new right-hand woman
Letizia from Spain: everything you need to know about María Dolores Ocaña, her new right-hand woman

By becoming the new right-hand woman of Letizia of Spain this Tuesday, April 30, María Dolores Ocaña made history. She is in fact the first woman to hold these positions. Since the queen came to power ten years ago, her entourage had not changed. But on April 5, the wife of Felipe VI announced the replacement of General José Manuel Zuleta, 63, by María Dolores Ocaña, 51. Enough to give a facelift to the Queen’s secretariat. The two women have similar personalities, which has not escaped the Spanish press. “She has character, she was a mother at the same time as the Queen who is the same age and is very hardworking,” summarized journalist Cote Villar in an article by Vanitatis El Confidencial entitled “parallel lives”.

María Dolores Ocaña was chosen by Letizia of Spain for her exemplary professional and political career. The prosecutor was undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food during the first version of Pedro Sánchez’s government. This position allowed him to acquire some experience in managing difficult issues to resolve in the administration. At the same time, she held a position on the board of directors of the National Society of Industrial Participations (SEPI). “Previously, she held other responsibilities, such as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Animal Health and Livestock Services (Tragsega, SA)”recalls journalist Cote Villar.

⋙ PHOTOS – Letizia of Spain and Felipe VI complicit and elegant for a prestigious ceremony

Who is the husband of María Dolores Ocaña, the new right arm of Letizia of Spain?

On the private side, this law graduate is married to the economist Álvaro Sanmartín Antelo. According to Vanitatis El Confidencialthis last “also has a long career in administration”. Former chief of staff to the Secretary of State for the Economy, he is currently a partner and chief economist at Amchor Investment Strategies. A company dedicated to “the management or representation of investment strategies in liquid and private markets through specialists with proven experience and efficient vehicles in Europe”. The arrival of his wife is not the only recent change at the Zarzuela Palace, but it is undoubtedly the most significant.

Article written in collaboration with 6Medias

Photo credits: AGENCE / BESTIMAGE

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