He overturned his joy of living in service to society
By José Gabriel Astudillo
President of the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors
This Sunday, June 7, at dusk, Francisco Ruiz Antón died in Madrid, after a long illness and when he was only 53 years old.
Fran, for whom we met him, was a large and good man. Always smiling, always happy. But that kindness did not detract from his worth, his brilliance, generosity, and selflessness.
He enjoyed the pleasant moments that life provided him and made everyone around him enjoy, for that joy that he knew how to transmit despite his difficult moments in this painful illness that he had to live.
We feel his loss because in addition to the excellent professional we met, regarding whom almost everything has already been said, his personal memory magnified those around him, with his pedagogical capacity and the ethics and morals that governed his actions and his entire life, to address those issues that most concerned them such as the values of childhood and adolescence.
With a temperament without folds, clean and healthy, affable, not only respected but much loved by his collaborators, in whom he has surely left a deep mark and an excellent example, Fran was a simple person and full of joy.
In these times, he defended his Christian values shared with his family, and he knew how to complement and admirably associate them with his work, charting a path for which it would be very sensible and logical to follow in his footsteps as a humanizer of communications and technology, both passions of his life.
Only because of what has been said so far, Francisco will continue to be present among those of us who had the honor of meeting him, even though he is no longer physically with us, because he contributed that moral background to our lives and a great humanity that should serve as an example, an impetus with which face our actions and that will give us that necessary strength in the difficult situations of life that we still have to come. Because Fran was a good man who always kept the illusion of loving and helping others.
As a believer, I now feel closer to that good man who was, as Antonio Machado would say, a man, “in the best sense of the word, good.” And I think he will be remembered that way and not otherwise, but as a good man, without evil. And it is not a complacent way of defining him, but a reality, as everyone who knew him can affirm to define his life.
That is why there should be a loving memory for his family now, a well-known Granada saga of businessmen, journalists, teachers and even priests, and in which he always stood out for his sympathy, companionship and generosity.
Fran was a sincere Christian, consistent with his faith, an indefatigable worker in a world for which he fought to help in the task of transforming society through clean values into a permanent attitude of service to families. His entire life was a joyous career in service to society.
That is why despite the sad news, it calms me to think of the dreamed heaven that he has already reached with all the beauty and greatness of his soul, with all his happiness and love that now, from up there, is going to pour into his legacy in everything that has left caught in our hearts here.
Francisco Ruiz Antón was the eldest of a family of ten brothers.
He studied at the Faculty of Communication at the University of Navarra, starting his profession in some Andalusian capitals.
He completed his training in Economics and Management at Yale University in the United States and in Digital Economics at the School of Industrial Organization in Madrid
In Madrid and together with Juan Pablo de Villanueva, now deceased and founder of the Expansión newspaper, a new stage begins in La Gaceta de los Negocios, training from the perspective of Christian humanism, journalists who will end up being friends and will keep until their last moments.
His good work led him to Google, with the help of Bárbara Navarro, who always believed in his communication skills and his great charisma for institutional relations.
In the words of Álvaro Matud, “Google thus found the best ambassador for its commitment to Spain. He worked tirelessly to bring new investments to Spain, new opportunities for a country punished by the economic crisis and unemployment. So one of the initiatives he was most proud of was “Get Active”, a program to train unemployed youth in new technologies. Over the years, tens of thousands will be trained in that program. It also promoted with Ayuda en Acción, the “Genios” program, to overcome the social and technological gap of disadvantaged children and youth.
Rural women, people with addictions, disabled associations and other neediest groups will receive the support of the American multinational from the hand of Fran. But he did not do it alone. He shared projects with the Royal House, governments of different political signs, regional and local administrations, employers and unions, the Del Prado Museum, the Spanish Association of Painters and Sculptors, the Royal Academy of History …
He has died as he wanted: surrounded by the affection of the affection of his parents and brothers, his human and spiritual family, the encouragement of hundreds of friends and the attention of the professionals of the University of Navarra Clinic in Madrid, whom he always thanked. his professionalism and dedication far above duty ”.
Francisco Ruiz Antón was Google’s Director of Public Policies and Institutional Relations in Spain and Portugal
He has been director of Reti Spain, international consultant for Institutional Relations and delegate of Fipra in Spain, an international network dedicated to consulting Public Affairs for large companies.
In the business field, he was director of the international consultancy of Institutional Relations Reti Spain, delegate for Spain of the consultancy of Public Affairs for large companies Fipra, international network and from which he passed to Google.
His institutional positions included that of President of the Observatory for the Digital Economy, Vice President of the Intellectual Property Commission and of the Ametic Digital Content Sector Area, Vice President of Multinationals by Marca España, and member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of American trade in Portugal, from Autocontrol and from the Cotec Foundation.
He has practiced journalism for 17 years; initially in Cadena SER, later in ABC where he was editor in chief, and finally in La Gaceta de los Negocios as editor-in-chief of the Companies section.
Since the foundation of EL ESPAÑOL, Ruiz Antón has collaborated actively in the defense and the key role that the digital transformation had for Spain. He was one of the great promoters of the El Español Digital Awards that this newspaper celebrates annually.
His wake will take place in room 4 of the San Isidro mortuary in Madrid. Two Masses are scheduled to be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in his memory.