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Pablo Isla, chairman and CEO, Inditex

Pablo Isla

Pablo Isla retains his position as one of the most revered business leaders in the world. 

Pablo Isla retains his position as one of the most revered business leaders in the world. 

This year he topped Harvard Business Review’s annual ranking of the 100 best-performing CEOs for the second consecutive year – and with good reason. 

The Spanish retail group continues to set the bar for retail innovation on the high street. In May, Zara unveiled its new-look digital store concept at London’s Westfield Stratford City. It was the first Zara store in the world to feature digital technology that integrates the online and offline shopping experiences. It has an automated click-and-collect point that can handle 2,400 orders simultaneously, and self-checkout tills. 

Inditex reported a 3% rise in net profit to €1.4bn (£1.25bn) and a 3% rise in net sales to €12bn (£10.7bn) for the six months to 31 July. EBITDA was up 2% to €2.3bn (£2.05bn). By the end of the half-year, the group had 7,422 stores in 96 markets. It sells online in 49 of those.

Isla revealed plans for  all Inditex brands to be sold online globally by 2020 – cementing his position as a retail pioneer. 



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