Our Top Management
Board Independence Statement
We have 11 board members including 2 alternate directors.
According to the criteria defined by the Chilean legislature, out of the 11 directors, 7 are independent See here for more details. If considering the Dow Jones Corporate Sustainability Assessment criteria for Board independence, 10 Board members qualify as independent.
Other positions of note: Among the 11 members of Banco Santander Chile's board of directors, only three of them have mandates on other boards of companies listed on the Stock Exchange either in Chile or abroad: Rodrigo Montes, with 2 mandates besides Santander Chile, and Lucía Santa Cruz and Oscar Von Chrismar, each with 1 mandate besides Santander Chile.
Rodrigo Echeñique became a Director in March 2019. He has been part of the Santander Group Board of Directors since 1988. From 1973 to 1976 he held several positions in the Spanish Public Administration (General Secretary of the Post and Telecommunications Office, Technical Advisor in the Office of the Spanish Prime Minister and other positions in the Spanish Tax Authority offices in Pontevedra and Madrid). Mr. Echenique served as chief executive officer of Banco Santander, S.A. from 1988 to 1994. He served on the boards of several industrial and financial companies such as Ebro Azúcares y Alcoholes, S.A. and Industrias Agrícolas, S.A. and chaired the advisory board of Accenture, S.A. Mr Echenique was also a non-executive chairman of NH Hotels Group, S.A., Vocento, S.A., Vallehermoso, S.A. and Merlin Properties, SOCIMI, S.A. He has also been non-executive chairman of Banco Popular Español, S.A. He currently is non-executive director at Inditex. Mr. Echeñique has a graduate degree in Law and State Attorney from Universidad Complutense in Madrid and serves as chairman of the board of trustees and the executive committee of the Banco Santander Foundation.
Below is a summary of our committee structure and membership information. To read more about any of the committees, click on committee names in the chart below.
|Analysis & Resolution Committee||Retributions Committee||Audit Committee||Asset & Liability Committee||Market Committee||Risk Committee||Strategy Committee||Appointment Committee|
|Claudio Melandri||Retributions Committee||Asset & Liability Committee||Market Committee||Risk Committee||Strategy Committee||Appointment Committee|
|Rodrigo Vergara||Audit Committee||Asset & Liability Committee||Market Committee||Strategy Committee|
|Orlando Poblete Iturrate||Retributions Committee||Audit Committee|
|Juan Pedro Santa María Pérez||Analysis & Resolution Committee||Risk Committee|
|Lucia Santa Cruz Sutil||Analysis & Resolution Committee||Market Committee||Risk Committee||Strategy Committee|
|Félix de Vicente Mingo||Audit Committee||Asset & Liability Committee||Risk Committee||Strategy Committee|
|Alfonso Gomez Morales||Retributions Committee||Asset & Liability Committee||Market Committee||Risk Committee||Strategy Committee|
|Blanca Bustamante Bravo (Alternate)||Risk Committee||Strategy Committee||Appointment Committee|
|Oscar Von Chrismar (Alternate)||Analysis & Resolution Committee||Asset & Liability Committee||Market Committee||Risk Committee||Strategy Committee||Appointment Committee|
To outline and control the compliance to the general and specific policies, rules and objectives concerning the prevention of money laundering and the funding of terrorism under local laws and regulations, as well as those of the Santander Group.
Constant review of the policy documentation regarding the evaluation and remuneration of positions defined as “key positions”, as well as other members of the organization.
To oversee the financial statements elaboration process of the Bank as well as the corresponding management of internal and external auditors, in order to provide adequate and accurate information for shareholders, investors and the general public
To have knowledge and approve, depending the on the case, the risks and positions adopted and managed by the Financial Management Area of the Bank and its subsidiaries in Chile
To oversee the results of the trading investment portfolios; to make estimates of both the national and international situation that can be used for taking positions; to review with the business managers the Bank’s risk appetite and to approve the risk limits established on an annual basis
To propose the risk framework and the general policies necessary for the definition of the Bank’s risk appetite, and to supervise the correct identification, measurement and control of all risks faced by the company.
To assess and outline the main goals and guidelines of Santander’s Strategic Plan elaboration. To approve the plan defined by the senior management for the Santander Group as a whole and for the different business units, in addition to regularly monitoring their progress.
Constant review and implementation of policies and processes for the appointment of positions defined as key positions, along with the revision and with regard to other members of the organization.
Cristian Peirano became the manager of Corporate Products in April 2019, date on which he reintegrated to the Bank. He has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry. He previously held the positions of manager of real estate and construction banking for 10 years at another institution and manager of corporate products. Between 1986 and 1999 he was responsible for the areas and divisions of Research, Commercial Corporates and Risk at Banco O-Higgins and Banco Santiago, as well as director to subsidiaries in Chile and abroad. Furthermore, between 1999 and 2009 he worked in Banco Santander, merged with Banco Santiago as Manager of Middle-market banking and manager of Leasing, Factoring and Confirming. He has a commercial engineering degree from Universidad Católica de Chile.
Cristian Florence is our General Counsel, a position he has held since September 2012. Prior to that he served as Chief Lawyer at Santander-Chile. Mr. Florence joined Santander-Chile in 2002 when Santander-Chile merged with Banco Santiago. He started working in the banking industry in 1991, when he joined Centrobanco, a predecessor of Banco O’Higgins and Banco Santiago serving at several positions in the law departments. Mr. Florence is also a Director of Zurich Santander Seguros Generales Chile S.A., Zurich Santander Seguros de Vida Chile S.A. and Santander Asset Management S.A. Administradora General de Fondos. He has a degree in Law from the Universidad Gabriela Mistral and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the same university and is a professor of Civil Law.
Oscar Gómez is Director of Internal Audit a position he has held since January 2020. He has worked for Grupo Santander since 1997 in different positions in the Internal Audit Division, including the Corporate Director for Financial Risk Information. Mr. Gómez has a degree in Economic and Business Science from Universidad de Cantabria and is certified by the IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors) as CIA (Certified Internal Auditor) and CRMA (Certification in Risk Management Assurance), additionally, he has completed post graduate studies in Instituto de Empresa (Spain) and INSEAD (France).