Grupo Santander has appointed Francisco Gomez-Roldan as the new chief executive of Abbey National, replacing Luqman Arnold.
Gomez-Roldan is currently chief financial officer of Grupo Santander. Arnold will work with Santander as a senior advisor to Grupo Santander Chairman Emilio Botin once he is replaced by Gomez-Roldan on November 15th.
The appointment is subject to and with effect from the completion of Santander's acquisition of the bank.
Gomez-Roldan says: “I am excited about this appointment, and I am looking forward to moving to the UK, together with my family. Working with Abbey over the last two months I have been very impressed with the quality and commitment of the Abbey team. We have a big challenge ahead of us, but I am entirely confident that together we will realise the immense opportunity presented by combining the strengths of Abbey and Santander.”
Arnold says: “I am delighted that Santander has appointed such an experienced chief executive for Abbey. I look forward to working with Santander in my new role.”