CORRECTED-NEWSMAKER-Ana Botin steps into spotlight as Santander's new boss

miércoles 10 de septiembre de 2014 12:32 GYT

(Corrects age of Ana Botin to 53)

By Sarah White and Steve Slater

MADRID/LONDON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Ana Patricia Botin has been schooled for decades to replace her father Emilio Botin at the helm of Santander, ensuring that Spain's banking dynasty will remain in charge of the euro zone's biggest bank.

Santander's board of directors unanimously appointed Ana Botin as chairwoman on Wednesday, after her father died of a heart attack at 79, making her the fourth generation of Botins to run the bank.

Botin, who is 53, is an experienced financier in her own right. She has led the British arm of Santander since 2010 and was chairman of Santander's Spanish-based subsidiary Banesto from 2002 to 2010.

She has been on the board of Santander itself since 1989.

Educated in Spain, Switzerland, Britain and the United States, Harvard Business School graduate Ana Botin has a polished international profile and is the only one of Botin's six children to have a major role in the banking business.

A sports fan like her father, she represents Santander at the Davos World Economic Forum and has rubbed shoulders with the likes of David Cameron at the UK Prime Minister's country house retreat, Chequers.

She has quickly made her mark in British banking.   Continuación...