“We must trust in the future, I am sure that we will help many more companies and people to progress, that is our mission. Our greatest challenge is how to bank and help companies progress with sustainable and profitable businesses”, Botín emphasized during a virtual meeting with all Santander teams in Argentina.
During her stay in Argentina, Botín was accompanied by Sergio Rial, Santander Regional Head for South America, and Carlos Rey, currently Head of Finance for Santander Brazil and who will assume the role of Regional Head of South America next year.
They were received in the country Alejandro Butti, CEO and Country Head of Santander Argentina, and Enrique Cristofani, President of Santander Argentina.
Ana Botín dedicated the two days in the country to internal meetings with the people who work in Santander, whom she had not seen since November 2019, two years ago, due to flight restrictions due to the pandemic. “It has been a pleasure to meet again with the teams in Argentina, a country that is full of talent, creativity and great professionals”, Botín pointed out.
In addition, he highlighted that Openbank Argentina, the new 100% digital bank of the Group in the country, led by Federico Procaccini, is operational and in the consolidated stage of friends & family to go on the open market next year.
The president of Santander also toured the recycling cooperative Roadrunner, leadered by Coco Niz; and awarded prizes to the finalists of the Entrepreneur X contest promoted by Santander, among them the young Argentine Mateo Salvatto, CEO of Asteroid Technologies, who developed the “Speak it” app that is used in branches across the country. “Initiatives like these are in line with the objective of the Santander Group – awarded by Euromoney magazine as the best bank in financial inclusion in the world – which is to include 10 million people by 2025”.
Botín also visited the artistic intervention “Implosion”, located in the headquarters of Santander Argentina, of the famous Argentine artist Marta Minujín, whom he met personally. He also toured the work “Horizontal Staircase”, from the artist Leandro Erlich, which is located at the Garay headquarters of the institution.
Finally, he held a meeting with regional and local managers of the energy company Enel, to analyze different agreements that both companies will launch in the country.