Corporate governance

A responsible bank has clear, robust governance, in which accountabilities are well-defined and risks and opportunities are prudently managed; and long-term strategy is designed to safeguard the interests of all stakeholders and society at large.

Balanced board composition
Balanced board composition
 
  • Of 14 directors, 11 are nonexecutive and three are executive. 36% are women.
  • More than half of the directors are independent.
  • The board is diverse in terms of expertise, gender and international experience.
Respect for shareholders' rights
Respect for shareholders' rights

  • The principle of one share, one vote, one dividend.
  • The Bylaws do not include anti-takeover clauses.
  • Encouragement of informed participation at shareholders’ meetings.
Maximum transparency in remuneration
Maximum transparency in remuneration

  • This is essential for generating shareholder and investor confidence.
  • Remuneration policy for executive directors and senior management is aligned with our Simple, Personal and Fair culture.
At the forefront of best practices and long-term vision
At the forefront of best practices and long-term vision
  • A strong lead director to foster proactive communications with stakeholders.
  • Effective corporate and internal governance system for the supervision and oversight of the Group and its subsidiaries.
Board of directors of Banco Santander

Click on each director’s photograph to see his or her biography.

1. Ms Ana Botín-Sanz de Sautuola y O'Shea

Group Executive chairman . Executive director

Executive committeeInnovation and technology committee

2. Mr José Antonio Álvarez Álvarez

Chief executive officer . Executive director

Executive committeeInnovation and technology committee

3. Mr Bruce Carnegie-Brown

Vice chairman . Non-executive director (independent) and lead independent director

Executive committeeAppointments committeeRemuneration committeeRisk supervision, regulation and compliance committee (board risk committee)Innovation and technology committee

4. Ms Homaira Akbari

Non-executive director (independent)

Audit committeeInnovation and technology committee

5. Mr Carlos Fernández González

Non-executive director (independent)

Audit committeeAppointments committeeRemuneration committee

6. Mr Ignacio Benjumea Cabeza de Vaca

Non-executive director

Executive committeeAppointments committeeRemuneration committeeRisk supervision, regulation and compliance committee (board risk committee)Innovation and technology committee

7. Mr Juan Miguel Villar Mir

Non-executive director (independent)

8. Mr Rodrigo Echenique Gordillo

Vice chairman . Executive director

Executive committeeInnovation and technology committee

9. Mr Guillermo de la Dehesa Romero

Vice chairman . Non-executive director

Executive committeeAppointments committeeRemuneration committeeRisk supervision, regulation and compliance committee (board risk committee)Innovation and technology committee

10. Ms Belén Romana García

Non-executive director (independent)

Audit committeeRisk supervision, regulation and compliance committee (board risk committee)Innovation and technology committee

11. Mr Ramiro Mato García-Ansorena

Non-executive director (independent)

Executive committeeAudit committeeRisk supervision, regulation and compliance committee (board risk committee)

12. Ms Sol Daurella Comadrán

Non-executive director (independent)

Appointments committeeRemuneration committee

13. Ms Esther Giménez-Salinas i Colomer

Non-executive director (independent)

Risk supervision, regulation and compliance committee (board risk committee)Innovation and technology committee

14. Mr Javier Botín-Sanz de Sautuola y O’Shea

Non-executive director

15. Mr Jaime Pérez Renovales

General secretary and secretary of the board

Executive committee
Audit committee
Appointments committee
Remuneration committee
Risk supervision, regulation and compliance committee (board risk committee)
Innovation and technology committee