Before her appointment as Group Executive Chairman in September 2014, Ms Botín was CEO of Santander UK plc. In less than four years, she turned three former building societies into one of Britain's most successful banks. She challenged the established order in UK banking, with Santander aspiring to be simple, personal and fair in all it does.
Ms Botín began her career at JP Morgan in New York, where she worked for 8 years. In 1999, after 10 years with Banco Santander, she set up and ran an IT web consultancy firm. From 2002 until moving to the UK in 2010, Ms Botín was Executive Chairman of Banesto, recognised as the Best Bank in Spain for three consecutive years by Euromoney. Ms Botín is an active leader in social responsibility and philanthropic work. She is the founder and Chair of CyD Foundation, Empieza por Educar (ExE) and a Trustee of the Mayor’s Fund for London. She serves as a Business Ambassador for the UK government. She is also a member of the Board of the Coca-Cola Company. Ms Botín earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College.