Juan Menéndez-Valdés was appointed Director of Eurofound in December 2010 and is currently serving his second mandate. He is responsible for the development of the medium-term strategy of the Agency and its annual work programmes, which are approved by Eurofound's tripartite Governing Board. He leads a team of more than 100 researchers, communication specialists and support staff in the implementation of the work programmes, which are geared towards providing knowledge to assist policymakers in the development of social, employment and work-related policies. From 2015 to 2016, Mr Menéndez-Valdés was chair of the Network of EU Agencies - the forum for the coordination of 45 decentralised EU Agencies.
In his earlier career, he served as Head of Employment, Immigration, Education and Training Policies at the Spanish Confederation of Business (CEOE) and Manager for guidance, training and employment programmes in the Spanish National Employment Service (INEM). He has also been involved in a number of boards and tripartite institutions and has participated in high-level negotiations at national and international level. From 2007 to 2009, he was Chair of the Governing Board of Eurofound's sister organisation, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP). He holds a degree in Psychology, a master's in Industrial Psychology and Human Resources and a postgraduate degree in European Studies.