Dr Francisco Perez Gonzalez

Vice-president of the Santillana Foundation, honorary board member for Grupo Prisa and president of the SIALE (Iberoamerican Society for Friends of Books and Publishing), Mr Perez was for many years one of the most important figures in the publishing field in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

His relationship with the publishing sector began in the 1950s, when he set up a bookstall each morning at La Magdalena Palace.

With this distinction, the Menendez Pelayo International University wanted to recognise his expansive professional career as an editor in the Spanish language field and his contribution to strengthening the bond which exists between Spain and Latin America.