The big bank chooses Alejandra Kindelán, from Santander

The big bank has decided to take advantage of José María Roldán’s decision not to renew the presidency of the AEB to place a woman and professional in the sector at its head . Her candidate is Alejandra Kindelán, head of the Research, Public Policy and Institutional Relations Service at Banco Santander , and whose appointment will be proposed to the rest of the industry at the General Assembly held by the association on April 5.

With a degree in Economics and Political Science from Wellesley College (Massachusetts), Kindelán has postgraduate studies at IESE (Madrid) and INSEAD (Fontainebleau). She was born in Caracas (Venezuela) , she has lived in the United Kingdom and the United States and has three children.

She has been a director of Santander Argentina and is currently a director of Santander Consumer Finance . Before joining this entity, she worked as a consultant for the World Bank.

He will take over from Roldán , who long ago anticipated his desire not to run for a third term as president of the AEB. The outgoing president has expressed to the members of the AEB his gratitude for the trust placed in him over the last eight years, as well as his satisfaction for having been able to represent the sector during this period, according to the patronal.

The election of Kindelán has been decided by the first five banks represented in the General Council of the AEB, in accordance with the provisions of article number 16 of its Articles of Association, almost in discount time since they had until March at the latest to convene the Assembly without causing schedule delays.

Roldán entered on April 22, 2014, replacing Miguel Martín , after having been General Director of Banking Regulation and Financial Stability of the Bank of Spain for 13 years and a member of its Executive Committee.

A year ago now, coinciding with the last Assembly, he announced his decision not to repeat after completing his second term and the succession process was opened, closed almost at the limit of the calendar and where the desire for a woman to take over was imposed.

The short list of potential candidates included Kindelán along with Belén Romana , former president of Sareb and director of Santander; Cristina de Parias , former head of BBVA Spain and director of the bank’s subsidiary in Mexico; María Abascal , former director of BBVA and current head of Public Policies at AEB itself.

Other names also entered the pools such as the former CEO of Bankia, José Sevilla , the president of the European Banking Authority (EBA), José María Campa , or the former president of Sareb, Jaime Echegoyen , and Francisco Uría , global head of banking and capital markets of KPMG.

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