Manel Arroyo

MD & Shareholder of Dorna Sports & MotoGP

Manel Arroyo was born in Vic (Barcelona) and is married with two children. He is Managing Director and a shareholder of Dorna Sports & MotoGP since 1992. In this role he is responsible for all Media activities and his main expertise is the Management of Content, Production, Sales and distribution via all media.

He also manages Dorna’s relationship with the Media and traditional Press.

He has been a member of the FC Barcelona board since July 2010 and vice president since March 2014. Mr Arroyo’s direct responsibilities are in the Economic and Strategic Area (Media and Sponsorship).

Manel Arroyo began his career as a journalist in Radio Vic. In his early years he was involved in local motor sports events. After this he worked for Radio Nacional de España. In 1986 he joined TVE as an Formula 1, bikes and rugby commentator. In 1987 he became deputy editor of the sports program on TVE “Estadio 2”. 

One year later, he left TVE and after a brief stay in Cadena Ser –Grupo Prisa Radio, became Communications Director and press manager of the Real Automobil Club de Catalunya. He was a member of the team that designed and built the Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya. In 1991 he was part of the team that organized the first Formula 1 Gran Premio de España at the Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya and the team which added the Catalunya Rally entry to the FIA World Rally Championship calendar. 

In 1992, Mr Arroyo became Spanish Touring Car Championship Director and started working for Dorna. In 1994 he commenced his role as Dorna’s Media Department head.