Santander UK announced today, subject to regulatory approval, the appointment of Mike Regnier as Chief Executive Officer of Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc.
Mike joins from Yorkshire Building Society, where he has been CEO since 2017 and prior to that Chief Commercial and Chief Customer Officer. He has over 25 years’ financial services and retail experience having held a variety of leadership positions across a range of blue-chip brands including Lloyds Banking Group, TSB, Halifax and Asda. He started his career as a management consultant, initially at Arthur. D Little before moving to the Boston Consulting Group.
Santander Chairman, William Vereker said: “I am delighted to be able to appoint someone of Mike’s calibre as our new CEO. He brings a powerful combination of experience, knowledge and energy, twinned with a positive vision for the future of the bank. I am confident that he will provide the strategic leadership required to drive the bank forward and fulfil our ambition to be a responsible and diverse business with our customers, communities and colleagues at its heart.
“I look forward to working with Mike and building on the work of Nathan and the leadership team.”
Antonio Simoes, Head of Europe and CEO of Santander Spain welcomed the appointment: “I am thrilled to welcome Mike to Santander UK and the European leadership team. His proven track record and leadership skills will be invaluable as we build a better bank across One Europe.”
Mike Regnier said: “I am honoured to be joining Santander, a bank with a rich heritage in the UK, a strong track record of innovation and a commitment to helping our country prosper. “I am excited to be able to make a real difference to people and businesses across the UK, helping them to thrive and grow with the support of Santander’s incredible team and unique services and products.”
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Yorkshire Building Society, Leeds (June 2014 – present)
Chief Executive Officer (January 2017 – present), previously Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Customer Officer
TSB / Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) / HBOS, Halifax and London (May 2006 – May 2014)
Roles undertaken include Products & Marketing Director, TSB, a variety of Director roles responsible for Savings, Current Accounts and Credit Cards at Lloyds Banking Group, Halifax and Bank of Scotland.
ASDA Stores Ltd., Leeds (June 2003 – May 2006)
Roles included General Manager Beers, Wines & Spirits and Head of Customer Research and Pricing.
The Boston Consulting Group Ltd., London (1999 - June 2003)
Arthur D. Little Ltd., London (1994-1997)
Various consulting projects at both organisations
Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. At 30 June 2021, the bank had around 20,900 employees and serves around 14 million active customers, via a nationwide branch network, telephone, mobile and online banking. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers’ eligible deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.
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