Banco Santander names Jose Antonio Alvarez as CEO The Board of Banco Santander announced the appointment of José Antonio Álvarez as CEO replacing Javier Marín. It also announced the appointments of: Bruce Carnegie-Brown, as first Vice Chairman and lead independent director of the Board; Sol Daurella and Carlos Fernández as independent Board directors; Rodrigo Echenique, a current non executive Board Member, as Vice Chairman. The three new independent directors will fill the vacancies left by the death of Emilio Botín and the resignation of Fernando de Asúa and Abel Matutes. José Antonio Álvarez, prior to his appointment as CEO, served 10 years as CFO at Banco Santander. These appointments will take effect from January 1, 2015 and are subject to regulatory approvals.