A spokeswoman for El Cote Ingles said Copado is training to become a 'key member' of the team, but refused to provide more details. However she revealed that Copado will report to communications and institutional relations director Angel de Barutell, who leads a 20-strong team based in Madrid.
Inditex, which owns the global fashion chain Zara, has not confirmed if it is looking to replace him. Copado reported to Inditex communications and institutional relations director Jesus Echevarria, who workes from the group's headquarters in A Coruna, northwest Spain. Communications are centralised for all the group's retailers including Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershka.
The appointment comes at a time of international expansion for El Corte Ingles, which has long kept a low profile in the national and international press. Store openings are planned for Rome in the 'near future' and in Porto, Portugal in May. It is also muscling up in the home market, where it operates young fashion chain Sfera and the Opencor network of convenience markets.