Sergio Rial

Non-executive director 

Joined the board in 2020.

Nationality: Spanish and brazilian. Born in 1960 in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. 

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 chairman of the board of Banco Santander (Brazil), S.A. in 2015, a position he held until 2016, and has been serving as chief executive officer (CEO) and vice-chairman 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 in ABN Amro group between 1982 and 2004, including Chief Executive Officer for Asia and member of the global ExCo. He also held various executive positions at Cargill Inc. between 2004 and 2012, including executive vice-chairman, member of the board of directors and global chief financial officer. He has also been chief executive officer (CEO) at Seara Foods and Marfrig Global Foods, director of Mosaic Fertilizers and non-executive director of SAM Investment Holding S.L.

Other positions of note: He is an independent director of Delta Airlines Inc. and a non-executive chairman of Ebury Partners Limited.

Positions in other Santander Group companies: He is a non-executive chairman of Banco Santander (Brazil), S.A., of Universia Brasil, S.A. and of PagoNxt Trade, S.L. and non-executive director of Banco Santander International (USA) and of PagoNxt, S.L.