The Electronic Retailing Association

In Memoriam: Enric Calleja i Vilaspasa

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Enric Calleja was an industry veteran, long time board member of ERA Europe and friend to many of us.

by Dr. Julian Oberndörfer

 

Enric Calleja was an industry veteran, long time board member of ERA Europe and friend to many of us.

We were all taken aback by the very sad news that our long-time colleague, business partner and friend Enric Calleja has suddenly passed away.

We have all known him from different occasions. Many already knew him from the time he worked for Industex. Later he set up his own company, WinDirect.

I still remember very well my first encounter with him. It was in 2012, in Berlin outside the Marriott Hotel. We had the same desperate need for a cigarette and he shared one of his with me.

That year, Enric joined the European board of directors of which he remained an active part until he left early this year.

In our board meetings, I remember him on many occasions to listen almost to the end of a discussion and then to come out with a summary giving our thinking a new productive direction.

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Enric at the ERA Europe Venice Conference.

He was always a great support with our activities and for ERA Europe, caring for the sake of our industry.

We will miss him. Our thoughts are with his family.

Julian