Born in Santander (Spain) in 1960. Joined the board in 1989. Graduate in Economics.
Main activity: chief executive officer of Santander UK plc. She joined the Bank after a period at JP Morgan (1981-1988). She has been executive vice president of Banco Santander, S.A. since 1992, and was executive chairwoman of Banesto from 2002 to 2010.
She was appointed for the first time a director of the Bank on 4 February 1989. She was re-elected by the general meetings of shareholders of 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2006.
Other significant positions: she is a member of the International Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange and non-executive director of The Coca-Cola Company.