European Payments Council Chair
Chair of the European Payments Council
Javier Santamaría is the Chair of the European Payments Council (EPC, Brussels) since June 2012 and has been member of its Board since its creation in 2002. During decades as a bank employee, Mr Santamaría accumulated a broad and balanced expertise in the intertwined dimensions of payments – business-related, operational, technical, regulatory – across different client segments and product lines, in the legacy and the innovative spheres, which he now further develops as an independent professional. He has been immersed in both cooperative and competitive environments. Besides payments, he is interested in other banking fields and continues to be actively engaged in academic matters. Mr Santamaría is also Chair of the Iberpay Board (Madrid), member of the Board of Directors at the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF, Basel-Frankfurt) and member of the Supervisory Board at Western Union International Bank (WUIB, Vienna). Former Head of Operations and Business Services, he was Senior Vice President at Banco Santander until December 2016. He was a member of the Board of the Euro Banking Association (EBA, Paris-Brussels) and of the Board of Directors at the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication cooperative (SWIFT, Brussels) until the end of 2016.
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