Joined the board in 1988.
Nationality: Spanish. Born in 1946 in Madrid, Spain.
Education: Graduate in Law and State Attorney.
Experience: From 1973 to 1976 he held several positions in the Spanish Public Administration (General Secretary of the Post and Telecommunications Office, Technical Advisor in the Office of the Spanish Prime Minister and other positions in the Spanish Tax Authority offices in Pontevedra and Madrid). Former chief executive officer of Banco Santander, S.A. between 1988 and 1994. He served on the board of directors of several industrial and financial companies, including Ebro Azúcares y Alcoholes, S.A. and Industrias Agrícolas, S.A., and was chairman of the advisory board of Accenture, S.A. He was also non-executive chairman of NH Hotels Group, S.A., Vocento, S.A., Vallehermoso, S.A. and Merlin Properties SOCIMI, S.A. He has also been non-executive chairman of Banco Popular Español, S.A.
Other positions of note: He is the chairman of the board of trustees and the executive committee of the Banco Santander Foundation and an independent director of Inditex, S.A.
Positions in other Santander Group companies: He is a non-executive director y and vicechairman of Banco Santander International (USA), and a director of Banco Santander Chile, S.A. and of Universia Holding, S.L.
Membership of board committees: Appointments committee.