Linares is currently general manager for coordination at Telefonica and will take up his new role immediately. Linares will oversee the regional business divisions in Spain, Europe and Latin America, previously these sectors had reported directly to Telefonica CEO Cesar Alierta.
Linares will also be in charge of human resources, planning budgets and monitoring, operations strategy and business development for the group.
Telefonica has also promoted Guillermo Ansaldo from COO at Telefonica Spain to the role of general manager. Ansaldo will replace Antonio Viana-Baptista, who leaves the group citing personal reasons.