She will replace Pablo Isla, who took over from her father Amancio Ortega, Spain’s wealthiest man, in 2011 as chairman. Isla had been deputy chairman since 2005, the company said.
Oscar Garcia Maceiras, who had become the company’s general counsel and secretary of the board in March, will support Marta Ortega as CEO, replacing Carlos Crespo, who took the post two years ago.
Crespo will remain Chief Operating Officer.
Marta Ortega, 37, has been working for the company in different areas for the last 15 years.
“I have always said that I would dedicate my life to building upon my parents’ legacy, looking to the future but learning from the past and serving the company, our shareholders and our customers,” she said in a statement.
Amancio Ortega still owns 59.29% of Inditex, the largest listed Spanish company, while Sandra Ortega, a daughter from his first marriage, is the second largest shareholder with a 5.05%, Refinitiv data showed.