Sergio Rial

Non-executive director 

Joined the board in 2020.

Nationality: Spanish and Brazilian. Born in 1960 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Education: Degree in Law and Economics and postgraduate studies from the Instituto Brasileiro do Mercado de Capitais, Insead, Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School. 

Experience: He joined the Group as chair of the board of Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. in 2015, a position he held until 2016, and has been serving as CEO and vice chair of the board from 2016 to 2021. He has also been regional head for South America of the Group (2019–2021).

In the banking and financial sector, he held various executive positions at ABN Amro group between 1982 and 2004, including CEO for Asia and member of the global ExCo. He also held various executive positions at Cargill Inc. between 2004 and 2012, including executive vice chair, member of the board of directors and global CFO. He has also been CEO at Seara Foods and Marfrig Global Foods and a director of Mosaic Fertilizers and non-executive director of SAM Investment Holding S.L., Banco Santander International (USA) and PagoNxt, S.L.

Other positions of note: He is an independent director of Delta Airlines Inc., a non-executive chair of Vibra Energia S.A. and a non-executive vice chair of BRF S.A.

Positions in other Santander Group companies: He is a non-executive chair of Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. and of Ebury Partners Limited.