Board of directors

The board of director’s balanced qualitative and quantitative composition (PDF 101.7 Kb) is essential for it to perform its duties with a unity of purpose and independent judgement, have proper representation and operate effectively. The board of directors, in exercising its powers of proposal to the general shareholders’ meeting and of co-option for filling vacancies, aims to ensure that, in its composition, external directors represent a broad majority over executive directors, and that, among these, the number of independent directors represents at least a third of all directors. The board of directors must ensure that the procedures for selection of members guarantee the individual and collective expertise of directors, encourage diversity in terms of gender, experience and knowledge, and do not carry any implicit bias that might entail any form of discrimination. In particular, the selection of female directors is to be supported. All directors should act with the common purpose of protecting the interest of the company.

For further information on the category of the Bank’s directors, please consult the Annual Corporate Governance Report. Likewise, by clicking in this link (PDF 57 Kb) you may have access to information on  the Bank’s shares held by directors as well as the options over these shares.

A brief professional and biographical profile of the directors is included below, with the date of their first appointment and, when appropriate, their subsequent reappointments.

Executive Chairman 

Ana Botín-Sanz de Sautuola y O'Shea 

Vice Chairman and CEO

José Antonio Álvarez Álvarez

Vice Chairman and Lead independent director

Bruce Carnegie-Brown


Homaira Akbari

Javier Botín-Sanz de Sautuola y O'Shea  

Álvaro Antonio Cardoso de Souza

R. Martín Chávez Márquez

Sol Daurella Comadrán

Henrique de Castro

Gina Díez Barroso

Luis Isasi Fernández de Bobadilla

Ramiro Mato García-Ansorena

Sergio Rial

Belén Romana García

Pamela Ann Walkden

General Secretary and Secretary of the Board 

Jaime Pérez Renovales