In 1989 he began his professional career working in Business Management at Gonvarri Group. He then became Director of Corporate Development, and was subsequently named CEO. In 1997, he promoted the creation of Gestamp, assuming his current role as CEO since the company’s inception.
Gestamp is a global leader in metal components for the automotive industry. The company is ranked 28th among TIER-1 automotive suppliers in the Automotive News annual ranking.
In 1998, in the context of the Aceralia Corporación Siderúrgica privatization process, he joined this company’s board until it was integrated into Arcelor Group.
Currently, Francisco is the Chairman of Gestamp and director of its parent company, ACEK Desarrollo y Gestión Industrial. He is also member of the boards of Telefónica, CIE Automotive, Global Dominion Access, Gonvarri Industrial and other Gestamp Group subsidiaries.
Riberas is member of the board of the Family Business Institute and part of the Spanish board of Endeavor, an NGO created to help the next generation of entrepreneurs to succeed through mentoring and investment assistance programs.