Supervisory Board

Gerry Byrne - Chairman

Graduated from the Harvard Business School, Irish Management Institute and Institute of Bankers in Ireland. Joined Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. in 1973.
Positions held:

  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board (from 2011 – )
  • Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BZ WBK (2001 – 2011)
  • Managing Director of the Central Eastern Europe Division, AIB Group (2009 –2010)
  • Managing Director of AIB Poland Division (2001 – 2008)
  • Managing Director of ARK Life Assurance Company Limited, Dublin, Ireland (1997 – 2000)
  • A number of management roles with AIB Group, Ireland (1973 – 1997)

Member of the Irish Institute of Bankers, Irish Management Institute and Alumni Harvard Business School.


Danuta Dąbrowska - Member of the Supervisory Board

She earned a Master’s degree from the University of Horticulture and Food Industry in Budapest. In 1999, she became a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and in 2005 a fellow member of ACCA (FCCA). In 2008, she completed the IMD Advanced Strategic Management Programme in Switzerland. She has 20-year experience in senior positions in finance, operations, liquidity and risk management, project finance, M&A transactions and other services (accounting and payroll outsourcing). She also participated in establishment of the Financial Services Centre in Poland for EMEA countries. Over the last two years she was involved in the restructure of companies in Western Europe, including implementation of strategies, improvement of quality of processes and procedures and deployment of an ERP system. She gained her professional experience both in Polish and international enterprises operating in different business sectors.

Professional career:

  • 1991-1993: Arthur Andersen & Co., Warsaw; Andersen Consulting as Financial Assistant.
  • 1993 – 1997: Coopers&Lybrand in Warsaw as a Manager in the Business Assurance Department.
  • 1997 – 2001: Ericsson in Warsaw and Stockholm as Financial and Business Control Department Manager.
  • 2002 – 2004: TP Internet (France Telecom Group) as Financial Director.
  • 2004 - 2009: ECCO Sko A/S as Management Board Member / Financial Director (for Eastern Europe and Middle East).
  • 2009 – now: Pandora Jewellery, Management Board Member / Vice-President for Finance and Administration (for Europe and Middle East).
  • 06.2012 – until present – Member of the Supervisory Board of Herkules S.A.

Independent member.


Witold Jurcewicz, PhD - Member of the Supervisory Board

Graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at Wrocław University and holds a Ph.D. in Law from the Institute of State and Law faculty at the Polish Academy of Sciences. He specializes in both commercial law and the law on publicly traded securities. He has participated in numerous privatisation projects, representing both the State Treasury and the entities acquiring the privatised companies, including many foreign investors who are leaders in their industries. He was also involved in numerous take-overs and mergers between private companies. Dr. Witold Jurcewicz has extensive capital market experience and was a co-editor of the Code of Good Conduct under the auspices of the Securities Commission and the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
Supervisory Board Memberships:

  • PLM Wielkopolska Huta Szkła S.A. in Gostyń (glass manufacturing) known as Rexam Szkło Gostyń at the time (1997 – 2000)
  • Stomil Olsztyn S.A. (public company) (2000 – 2003)

Independent member.


José Luis De Mora - Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board

A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Graduate of the ICADE University (degrees in Business and Law). Holds an MBA from Boston College. He started his professional career with such institutions as the Bank of Spain and Daiwa Securities. From 1994 to 1998, José Luis De Mora was employed with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson (London) as Spain Analyst in charge of Spanish equity products and banks. From 1998 to 2003, he was employed with Merrill Lynch in London as their Pan-European Banks Analyst in charge of Pan-European banking strategy in France, Portugal, Italy and Spain. Since 2003, José Luis de Mora has held the role of Corporate Development and Strategy Director of Banco Santander.

He is also a Member of the European Commission’s Group of Experts on the Banking Industry (GEBI).

Member of the Supervisory Board, Sovereign Bank. Member of the Supervisory Board, Santander Consumer USA.


John Power - Member of the Supervisory Board

Chairman of Lelewela Enterprises Limited, which operates the Roche-Bobois franchise network in Ireland. A Financial Consultant and former General Manager in Allied Irish Banks p.l.c., instrumental in the development of the Capital Markets. Joined the Supervisory Board of Bank Zachodni WBK in April 2002. Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (FCIS) and the Institute of Bankers in Ireland.


Marynika Woroszylska-Sapieha Member of the Supervisory Board

Graduated from the Medical University of Warsaw. For more than a decade she worked at the Institute of Cardiology in Anin where she was part of a team that introduced, for the first time in Poland, a number of new techniques in the field of interventional cardiology. She was one of few women in that specialisation both in and outside the country. Graduate of International Executive Program INSEAD in Fontainebleau. In 1994 she moved to the pharmaceutical industry. Since 1997 has been connected with Sanofi Group – one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world. At present, she performs the role of the General Manager of Sanofi Group in Poland.

Profeasional positions held:

  • General Manager and President of the Management of Sanofi-Aventis sp. z o.o. – (2005 – until today)
  • General Director of Sanofi-Synthelabo sp. z o.o. – (2003 – 2004).
  • Divisional Director of Sanofi-Synthelbo sp. z o.o. – (1998-2003)
  • Secondment at Winthrop, the British arm of Sanofi – (1997)
  • A number of managerial roles in Infa Biocom – (1994-1996)

In the years 2005-2012, Marynika Woroszylska-Sapieha was a management board member of the Association of Pharmaceutical Companies Representatives (a Polish branch of EFPIA). Subsequently, after the Association changed its charter – the management board member of INFARMA - Employers’ Union of Innovative Pharmaceutical Companies. Acting as the management board member of the industry organization, Marynika Woroszylska-Sapieha was responsible for activities leading to the adherence to the code of ethics and the transparency directive, protection of intellectual rights and promotion of innovation in Poland. In October 2012, she was appointed President of the Board of INFARMA. Throughout her professional career she managed to combine business priorities with the assistance to the poor, sick and lonely. She provided support to patient associations, orphanages and numerous foundations. She has been campaigning for the strengthening of co-operation between France and Poland in the field of promoting science, innovation, culture and aid to those in need. In 2008, she was awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour, which is the highest decoration in France. She is a member of the Program Council of Vital Voices - an international non-governmental organization supporting the development of leadership potential of women and fostering mentoring. She is a member of the INSEAD Alumni Club.

Independent member.


José Manuel Varela - Member of the Supervisory Board

Graduated from Economics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Since 2007, José Manuel Varela has been serving as the Deputy General Manager in Banco Santander. He was the Senior Vice President of the Group from 1987 until 2007. He is actually Member of the Board of Santander Private Banking S.p.A., Italy and Banque Commerciale du Maroc, Morocco. From 2007 – 2010, he was Head of the Asia Unit. He gained additional professional experience working offshore as Head of the Representative Offices in Venezuela and Colombia (from 1978 to 1987). He also served as the General Manager of Extebandes (Colombia, Venezuela, Perú, Bolivia, Ecuador) and General Manager of Banco Exterior U.S. Branches in New York, Florida and California.

Other positions

  • Executive Vice President. Santander Consumer Finance Europe (SCF)
  • Head of European Division
  • Head of European Alliances
  • Head of Corporate Development and Insurance Business
  • Member of the Board and Executive Committee of Sanpaolo IMI. Italy
  • Member of the Board and Executive Committee of SCF
  • Member of the Board of SCF Subsidiaries: Italy, Germany, Poland, Norway, Hungary, Portugal, Poland

Jerzy Surma - Member of the Supervisory Board

Graduated from the Faculty of Computer Science and Management at Wroclaw University of Technology. He was awarded the title of Ph.D. in Economic Sciences at the Management Department at the University of Economics in Wrocław. He completed the IFP programme at IESE Business School and an Executive Programme at MIT Sloan School of Management. In the academic year 2011 – 2012, Jerzy Surma was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School. From 1999 – 2006, Jerzy held managerial positions in T-Systems Polska and SAS Institute Polska. He was also Vice President in charge of Business Consulting at IMG Information Management Polska where he was responsible for the implementation of financial control systems, re-engineering of business processes, an IT advisory department, and business intelligence unit among others in the telecommunications and production sectors as well as in the retail industry. From 2006 – 2009, he cooperated with MCI Management as a supervisory board member in companies such as CCS S.A and One-2-One S.A. During 2009 – 2010, he sat as a supervisory board member at Teta S.A. and a representative of Pioneer PEKAO Investments fund. Since 2008 he has been a member of the Supervisory Board and Audit Committee in Kęty Group. At present, he is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the Warsaw School of Economics. In addition, Jerzy is Head of Post-graduate Business Intelligence Studies.

Independent member.


David R. Hexter - Member of the Supervisory Board

Holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics awarded by Oxford University, an MBA awarded by the Cranfield School of Management, and an MPhil awarded by Birkbeck, University of London. David joined Citibank in London as a graduate trainee in 1970 and subsequently held executive positions in Luxembourg, Belgium, Greece, the UK, South Africa, the US and Switzerland. He was appointed Senior Credit Officer in 1986. Between 1989 and 1992 he was Division Executive for Central and Eastern Europe, including oversight of Citibank’s business in Poland. In 1992, David joined the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) as Director of its Financial Institutions practice. From 1996 he was Deputy Vice President of the Banking Department, Chairman of the Equity Investment Committee and a member of the Operations Committee.

Since retiring from EBRD in 2004, David has been a supervisory board member of a number of commercial firms, banks and private equity funds operating in Russia, Kazakhstan, Denmark and Vietnam, including a major logistics company listed on the London Stock Exchange, where he is currently also Chairman of its Audit Committee.

David R. Hexter does not conduct operations deemed competitive against the Bank and is not recorded in the Insolvent Debtors Register run pursuant to the KRS (National Court Register) Act.

Independent member.


Jose Garcia Cantera - Member of the Supervisory Board

Chief Financial Officer, Banco Santander

Jose Garcia Cantera is Senior Executive Vice-President of Banco Santander and he became Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Finance Division on January 2015.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Garcia Cantera was head of Global Banking & Markets Division, reporting directly to the Group’s CEO since he was appointed in May 2012

Mr. Garcia Cantera was CEO of Banesto since 2006, having joined the bank in September 2003 as Senior Executive-Vice President of Wholesale Banking, comprising Corporate Banking, Treasury, Capital Markets, Banesto Bolsa and the bank's international operations.

Before working at Banesto, Mr. Garcia Cantera held senior executive positions at Salomon Brothers-Citigroup. He was a member of the Management Committee of Citigroup EMEA and of the Board of Directors of Citigroup Capital Markets UK and Citigroup EMEA.

During his time as a Latin American stock analyst, he was rated as best analyst by a number of specialized publications including Institutional Investor, Reuters, Extel and Global Investor between 1995 and 2002.

Jose Garcia Cantera is an industrial engineer and holds an MBA from IE Business School.

Jose Garcia Cantera does not conduct operations competitive against the Bank and is not recorded in the Insolvent Debtors Register run pursuant to the KRS (National Court Register) Act.

Santander Bank Polska S.A. with its registered office in Warsaw, al. Jana Pawła II 17, 00-854 Warszawa, registered by the District Court for the capital city of Warsaw, 12th Commercial Division, set up under regulation of the Council of Ministers of 11 April 1988 on setting up Bank Zachodni in Wrocław (Journal of Laws of 1 July 1988, No. 21, item 142), registered under KRS number 0000008723, REGON 930041341, NIP 896 000 56 73, share capital of PLN 1,020,883,050 paid-up in full. Helpline: 1 9999 – fee as per the operator’s tariff.