Santander appoints UK CFO as Spain´s retail and commercial banking head after Popular´s integration

Eugenia Jiménez
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Antonio Román, head of retail and commercial banking, Santander Spain
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Antonio Román, head of retail and commercial banking, Santander Spain

Spanish banking group Banco Santander has appointed Antonio Román to the newly-created role of head of retail and commercial banking in Spain following the group´s integration with failed lender Banco Popular.

Román, who is currently the chief financial officer (CFO) of Santander UK, will be officially leaving his current position and taking this new one on the 16th of September after six years working in the UK. 

"This is a newly created role aimed at promoting the business and the commercial execution plans into a single network after the integration with Popular is completed," said Santander in a statement.

The 13 territorial divisions and the heads of universal banking, business banking and private banking will be reporting to Román, who in turn will report to the CEO of Santander Spain, Rami Aboukhair.

With over three decades´experience in the financial sector, having held several senior positions in retail and commercial banking and worked in different entities in Spain, Román has a long career with Santander Group. In 2011, he joined Banesto as chief executive officer (CEO) until he left to work at Santander UK.

Duke Dayal, the current chief financial officer CFO) of Santander Holdings USA and CEO of Santander Bank, will be replacing Román as the chief financial officer of Santander UK. Dayal will be reporting to Nathan Bostock, CEO of Santander UK. Before joining Santander UK, he worked in the US as chief financial officer (CFO) of Santander's parent company in the country. Before that, he worked for BNP Paribas in the USS, JP Morgan Chase and Citi.

Rami Aboukhair said: "It is a pleasure to welcome Antonio Román, someone I know well and with whom I have worked in both Spain and the UK. Román is returning to Spain after six years in the United Kingdom, to begin an exciting phase after Popular's integration.

"We're counting on him to consolidate our leading position by levering our defining strengths and the opportunities offered by our environment. We are given a unique opportunity of continuing to grow and build the bank we wish to become: a responsible bank focused on strategic objectives targeting businesses and SMEs, improving customer experience and giving customers even more reasons to recommend us."