King’s College London is delighted to welcome the CEO of Santander UK, Ms Ana Botín to King's College London to give an exclusive lecture on the future of the UK economy and the role of entrepreneurs.
Ms Botín delivers a lecture each year at a UK university of her choice. Ms Botín has had a long and successful career in the financial industry and was recently described by The Independent as ‘the most powerful woman in banking’.
Ms Botín has been the Chief Executive Officer of Santander UK plc since December 2010. Santander is one of Britain’s leading personal financial services companies and one of the largest providers of mortgages and savings in the UK. Ms Botín began her career in corporate and investment banking at JP Morgan in New York before joining Banco Santander in 1988. In 1999, Ms Botín partnered with internet entrepreneurs in an IT consultancy firm which she grew and sold to Indra, the leading Spanish technology company. During this period she also set up a €220million private equity fund, Suala, which focused on investment growth companies. From 2002 until moving to the UK in 2010, Ms Botín was Executive Chairman of Banesto. In July 2013 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Coca Cola Company and is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange. Ms Botín chairs and has founded three philanthropic organisations in Spain, which promote education and small businesses. She has been a trustee of the Mayor’s Fund for London since 2012. Ms Botín studied Economics at Bryn Mawr College and attended Harvard Business School.
Santander is a generous supporter of UK universities and has donated over £500 million in the shape of scholarships, travel grants, support to special projects, academic and non-academic awards since 1997. This is part of Santander's long-term commitment to higher education and the College has directly benefited from this commitment.