António Simões 

Regional Head of Europe

António joined Santander in September 2020 as Regional Head of Europe. He is a member of the Group management committee and Santander Spain, Santander UK and PagoNxt boards. From April 2021 to January 2023, he was appointed CEO of Santander Spain. He has managerial responsibility and oversight of the retail and commercial banking businesses in Europe and is jointly responsible for Corporate & Investment Banking and Wealth Management & Insurance in partnership with the global business heads.

Before joining Santander, António spent 13 years at HSBC where he led a number of businesses in London and Hong Kong. He was CEO for Global Private Banking and previously CEO for the UK and continental Europe. Before joining HSBC, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company in their London office and also worked at Goldman Sachs serving financial institutions in Investment Banking.

António studied in the Nova School of Business and Economics (Lisbon), Bocconi University (Milan) and has a MBA from Columbia University (New York). He has completed a World Economic Forum leadership programme at Harvard (Cambridge) and is a trustee of The Prince’s Trust International.