GROUP EXECUTIVE CHAIR
Joined the board in 1989.
Nationality: Spanish. Born in 1960 in Santander, Spain.
Education: Degree in Economics from Bryn Mawr College of Pennsylvania.
Experience: Ms Botín joined Banco Santander, S.A. after working at JP Morgan (New York, 1980-1988). In 1992, she was appointed Senior Executive Vice President. Between 1992 and 1998, she led Santander’s expansion into Latin America. In 2002, she was appointed Executive Chair of Banesto. Between 2010 and 2014, she was Chief Executive Officer of Santander UK PLC and was a non-executive director until April 2021. In 2014 she was appointed Executive Chair of Santander. She was also a non-executive director of Santander UK Group Holdings PLC (2014-2021) and Chair of the European Banking Federation from 2021 to February 2023.
Other positions of note: Ms Botín is a member of the board of directors of The Coca-Cola Company and Chair of the Institute of International Finance (IIF). She is also founder and Chair of the CyD Foundation (which supports higher education) and the Empieza por Educar Foundation (the Spanish subsidiary of international NGO Teach for All), and sits on the advisory board of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Positions in other Group companies: Ms Botín is non-executive Chair of Open Bank, S.A., Santander Consumer Finance, S.A., Open Digital Services, S.L., PagoNxt, S.L, Universia España Red de Universidades, S.A. and Universia Holding, S.L; and a non- executive director of Santander Holding USA, Inc. and Santander Bank, N.A.
Membership of board committees: Executive committee (Chair) and innovation and technology committee (Chair).