ARC Executive Committee
Erich Valentin is a member of the Vienna City Council and Provincial Parliament, where he serves as Chairman of the Environment Committee and City Services. He is also in charge of spatial planning, environmental issues and public transport in Vienna and in the Centrope Region. Thanks to his role in the cooperation with Vienna International Airport, including the mediation process, planning and land use Mr Valentin has been active in the ARC for many years. He was elected ARC President in 2018.
Raquel Sánchez Jiménez
Raquel Sánchez Jiménez was appointed as the Mayor of Gavà in 2014. Ms Sánchez is a graduate in Law at the University of Barcelona and has a Master’s in Labour Law and Social Security at Pompeu Fabra University. In 2007 she was appointed as the Councillor of the City Council of Gavà. From 2007 to 2011, Ms Sánchez was the Deputy Mayor for Economics and Finance, General Resources and Services. From 2011 to 2015 she was the Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Economic Development Environment and Sustainability. In 2012 she was elected as the first secretary of the PSC of Gavà and is a member of the National Council. She is also the Regional Secretary in the PSC Federation in Baix Llobregat, the First Vice President of the Baix Llobregat County Council and the Institutional Vice President of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.
Vladimír Vytiska is the Mayor of Únetice, Czech Republic. Mr Vytiska, with a diploma in economics, has been the elected Mayor of Únetice for the last twenty years. He has also studied music and is an active musician. Mr Vytiska represents Prague Airport Region (association of municipalities around Prague Airport) in ARC and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2010.
Ritva Aino Marjatta Viljanen has been the Mayor of Vantaa since 1 March 2018. Before that, she was a Senior Adviser in the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra in 2017–2018 and she served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki for Education 2012–2017, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of the Interior of Finland in 2003–2012, and Director General of the Population Register Center in 1997–2003. Ministry of the Interior, Government Counselor and Manager of Regional State Administrative Unit in 1992–1997, Ministry of Justice, Legislative Counselor in 1989–1992, Ministry of Finance, Administrative Inspector, Senior Inspector, Project Manager and Ministerial Adviser in 1980–1992.
Alexandre Pueyo is Councillor of the Val d’Oise County Council. A graduate of Business School, he is in charge of the public relations of an energy company and has one representative mandate. His political responsibilities involve areas such as environmental questions, particularly noise (he is Vice President of Bruitparif), and social housing (he is a board member of public social housing operators). Mr Pueyo is also in charge of the “Charter of sustainability in Val d’Oise” signed by the local authorities of the County.
Rouven Kötter is Deputy Director of Regionalverband FrankfurtRheinMain, a regional authority responsible for land use planning and regional development in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main area. Mr Kötter also is Chairman of the European Office of the Metropolitan Region FrankfurtRheinMain and non-executive director of different regional corporations for business development and culture. Rouven Kötter holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master in Public Administration. He served as mayor of Wölfersheim – a town near Frankfurt – for ten years. Mr Kötter was elected member of ARC’s Executive Committee in April 2018.
Jordi Candela Garriga
Jordi Candela Garriga has been the Managing Director of Aeroports de Catalunya, Airport operator of the airports belonging to the Generalitat of Catalonia, since 2010. Mr Candela holds a Master of Science in Transport Engineering, Degree in Management & Business Administration and Degree in Law. Previous professional experience include Ifercat (regional railway operator of Catalonia), Abertis Infraestructuras, and Everis consulting. In the airport sector, he was involved in the acquisition and management of the airport group TBIplc by Abertis, the development of Abertis Airports, as well as many airport tender processes. Additionally, he works as a teacher in various masters and postgraduates programmes in infrastructure management and is the author of several articles and studies in aviation.
Freddie Cooper is a Fianna Fáil Councillor and a member of Fingal County Council.