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Mr Alfredo Saénz Abad
Second Vice Chairman and CEO
Banco Santander

Personal details

Date of birth
21 November 1942
Place of birth
Las Arenas, Vizcaya (Spain)


Graduate in Law at Universidad de Valladolid and in Economics
at Universidad Comercial de Deusto, Bilbao.
1965 – 1975
Lecturer in Marketing, Business Policy and International
Commerce at the Universidad Comercial de Deusto and at INSIDE
(International Management Institute of the Universidad Comercial
de Deusto)
1975 – 1984
Visiting professor at Universidad Comercial de Deusto

Previous positions

1965 – 1980
TUBACEX, S.A. Executive Manager and Member of the Board.
TUBACEX INC. (Houston, Texas). Chairman
PERFRISA. Member of the Board
1980 – 1983
BANCO DE VIZCAYA: Head of Planning & Development
– 1982
Deputy General Manager with responsibility for Organisation,
Control and EDP
– 1983
Deputy General Manager with responsibility for Corporate
Banking, Capital Risk and Regional Banks.
Bancaya Business Promotion Company. Chairman.
Banco de Crédito y Ahorro, Banco Occidental and Banco
Meridional. Member of the Board.
1983 – 1986
Banco Catalana Group: CEO
1986 – 1991
Banco Catalana Group: Chairman & CEO
Banco de Vizcaya: CEO
Banco BilbaoVizcaya: General Manager and Member of the Board.
1988 – 1990
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya: CEO
1990 – 1993
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya: First Deputy Chairman & CEO
Banesto: Chairman & CEO
Corporación Industrial y Financiera Banesto: Chairman
Fundación Cultural Banesto: Chairman
Banco Santander: Member of the Board
1994 – 2002
Inmobiliaria Urbis S.A.: First Deputy Chairman
Santander Central Hispano: Second Vice-Chairman & CEO
BSN Banif: Chairman
CEPSA: Vice-Chairman & Member of the Board
AUNA: Member of the Board
Member of the International Academy of Management.
1997 – 2002
Member of the International Advisory Board Member
of the U.S. multinational 'Air Products & Chemicals'.
2000 – 2003
Chairman of the European Financial Management
& Marketing Association (EFMA)
2000 – 2003
At the Spanish Government Cabinet Meeting held
on 23 December 1998, he was awarded the Gold Medal
in recognition of his work. (Medalla de Oro al Mérito en el trabajo)