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Ana Patricia Botín

A fifth-generation member of an influential Spanish family, Ana Patricia Botín has worked in the banking industry for 28 years. She spent seven years at JP Morgan before joining Grupo Santander in 1988. Holding a variety of positions, she built up the company’s investment banking activities and expanded the group’s commercial banking in Latin America through a series of acquisitions. In 2002, after a three-year stint running her own private equity fund, she became executive chairman of Banesto, the group’s retail bank.

Ms Botín sits on the boards of Banco Santander and Italy ’s Assicurazioni Generali. She is also a member of the World Bank Group, the International Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange, INSEAD and Georgetown University . She is a regular visitor to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland ; most recently appearing as a panelists in January 2009.

In 2006, Ms Botín was listed among Forbes “The 100 Most Powerful Women”. With less than 10% of women populating the boards of European corporations, Ms Botín is a role model to many European women aiming for the top of the corporate world. Still young and dynamic, she has much more to contribute to the European landscape of business and perhaps even politics.

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