“There are difficult moments and challenging times one has to face which without a doubt one can learn and gain experience and value from. Spain is currently going through this situation and, despite the difficult environment, our company maintains a firm and solid strategy that has allowed us to recently close the refinancing of its debt, with investors who believe in its business model,” Portela told Cable News, the magazine of trade association Cable Europe.
In an issue that focuses on the achievements of women in cable, Portela said she had been able to defeat preconceptions of women in business by proving with work and effort that women were capable of achieving all the professional goals they set themselves. “Giving a woman a position of responsibility generated a lot of insecurity in those who dared to make that decision and, of course, any mistakes that could be made where placed on our shoulders. We have been able to overcome this by showing, with great determination and guaranteed results, that we are capable of everything we set out to achieve.”
Portela said her proudest moment was when she was named vice president for Europe of a major US multinational company.