Management Board

Michał Gajewski

Chief Executive Officer
Santander Bank Polska S.A.

Michał Gajewski, legal advisor, is a graduate of the Law Department at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He also studied at the Northwestern University in Chicago and London Business School.

Since 1992, he has been professionally active in the banking sector. In the years 1992-2008, Michał Gajewski worked with WBK Group and with Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. He started from a branch role, progressing to various middle and senior management capacities, and finally reached the position of the Management Board member responsible for Retail Banking.

In the years 2008-2011, he acted as Vice-President of the Management Board of BGŻ Bank, where he was in charge of the Retail Business and SME Banking and the Corporate Customers Division.

In 2012, he started work at Bank Millenium S.A. where he served as the Macroregional Director in the Retail Banking Division in the years 2012-2015, and then in 2015 was appointed Management Board Member responsible for Retail Business.

In 2016, Michał Gajewski was appointed a President of Management Board of Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. (now Santander Bank Polska S.A.)

Michał Gajewski does not conduct competitive business to that of the bank and does not appear in the Insolvent Debtors Register, kept on the basis of the Act of 20 August 1997 on the National Court Register and meets the requirements of the Banking Law of 29 August 1997.

 

Andrzej Burliga

Vice President, Member of Management Board of Santander Bank Polska S.A. in charge of the Risk Management Division.

Andrzej Burliga graduated from the Faculty of Theoretical Mathematics at Wrocław University. He completed programmes in the area of risk management as well as management, e.g. INSEAD International Executives Development Programme, BZWBK Development Programme for Executives, LMC Consulting – Lilley Moncrieff Taylor. He is a member of PRMIA Professional Risk Managers’ International Association.

Andrzej Burliga joined Bank Zachodni WBK S.A., then Bank Zachodni S.A. in 1995. He began his career as a dealer in the Treasury Department, then he was promoted to the position of a chief dealer and later the Head of Treasury Department.

He headed the Risk Management Department in Bank Zachodni WBK between 2001 and 2006.

In 2007, Andrzej Burliga was appointed a member of the Management Board of Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. and in 2017 he was appointed Vice President of the Management Board of Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. in charge of the Risk Management Division. He was responsible for day-to-day management of key risks, including credit and operational risk, in Bank Zachodni WBK Group (now Santander Bank Polska S.A.).

Andrzej Burliga does not conduct competitive business to that of the bank and does not appear in the Insolvent Debtors Register and meets the requirements of the Banking Law of 29 August 1997.

 

Michael McCarthy

Vice President, Member of Management Board of Santander Bank Polska S.A. in charge of the Business and Corporate Banking Division.

Michael McCarthy is a member of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland and graduate of Manchester University from where he holds an MBA distinction.

Michael McCarthy has been working in banking and financial services for 31 years now. He has wide experience in the retail, corporate and commercial banking markets in Poland, Ireland and Great Britain.

In years 2002-2006, he was Managing Director of Allied Irish Bank’s Card Services business in UK and Ireland. During this time he also represented AIB Group on the Boards of VISA UK and MasterCard Northern Europe.

He joined Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. (now Santander Bank Polska S.A.) in 2009 when he was appointed the Management Board Member in charge of the Business and Corporate Banking Division.

In 2017, he was appointed as Vice President of Santander Bank Polska S.A. Management Board. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Santander Factoring Sp.zo.o.

Michael McCarthy does not conduct competitive business to that of the bank and does not appear in the Insolvent Debtors Register and meets the requirements of the Banking Law of 29 August 1997.

 

Juan de Porras Aguirre

Vice President, Member of the Management Board of Santander Bank Polska S.A. in charge of the Corporate and Investment Banking Division.

Juan de Porras Aguirre graduated from Universidad de Granada and received a diploma in Business Administration from Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas in Barcelona. He also completed the Investment Banking Executive Program at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Since 1989, he has been professionally active in the banking sector. From 1989 till 1998, he was employed with Commerzbank and Lloyds Bank as a credit risk analyst.

From 1997 till 2004, he worked with Societe Generale where he managed the relationship with telecommunication and energy companies, and thereafter served as the deputy head of the Corporate & Investment Banking team in Madrid.

From June 2004, he was responsible for building Rabobank’s Spanish energy and telecom sector portfolio in Madrid.

Between 2005 and 2007, he served with the Royal Bank of Scotland in Madrid as the Chief Director responsible for the energy, petroleum and gas sector.

From January 2007, he was the Managing Director of Global Banking & Markets at Banco Santander and contributed to 25% income growth despite operating in already mature markets of Spain and Latin America.

He joined Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. (now Santander Bank Polska S.A.) in 2011 when he was appointed the Management Board Member in charge of the Corporate & Investment Banking Division. In 2017, he was appointed Vice President.

Juan de Porras Aguirre does not conduct competitive business to that of the bank and does not appear in the Insolvent Debtors Register and meets the requirements of the Banking Law of 29 August 1997.

 

Arkadiusz Przybył

Vice President, Member of Management Board of Santander Bank Polska S.A. in charge of the Retail Banking Division.

Arkadiusz Przybył is a graduate of the University of Łódź, he received MA degree in Management in 1997 and MA degree in Finance and Banking in 1998, he also holds an MBA degree from INSEAD, France.

Arkadiusz Przybył has many years of experience in the banking sector. In 2012-2017, he served as as the CEO of Santander Consumer Bank in Wrocław. Between 2011 and 2012, he worked as Business Director in the Headquarters of Santander Consumer Finance in Madrid where he was responsible for strategy and business development, market integration and company acquisition projects as well as for supporting and supervising the operations of Santander Consumer Finance in Poland.

In 2009-2010, he served as the Executive Director at GE Money Bank (Latvia) and GE Money (Latvia), and between 2005 and 2008 he worked as the Head of Retail Banking at GE Money for Central and Eastern Europe, Zurich/Paris Headquarters.

In 1997-2005, he held the position of Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in Warsaw.

In March 2017, he joined the Management Board of Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. (now Santander Bank Polska S.A.) In May 2018, he was appointed Vice President of the Management Board in charge of the Retail Banking Division.

Arkadiusz Przybył does not conduct competitive business to that of the bank and does not appear in the Insolvent Debtors Register and meets the requirements of the Banking Law of 29 August 1997.

 

Feliks Szyszkowiak

Vice President, Member of Management Board of Santander Bank Polska S.A. in charge of the Digital Transformation Division.

Feliks Szyszkowiak graduated from Poznań University of Technology and Wharton University. He is a postgraduate of Poznań University of Economics and Business. He completed Advanced Management Program (Wharton) and Executive Development Program (LMC Consulting).

Since 2017, Feliks Szyszkowiak has been in charge of the Digital Transformation Division, and between 2015 and 2016 he was in charge of the SME Division. In the years 2007-2015, he was responsible for IT and Operations, and from 2003 to 2007 for the Risk Management Division of Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. (now Santander Bank Polska S.A.)

Before assuming Board Member position, he worked for the Branch Banking and from 1998 till 2001, he supervised the IT and Branch Development Area. In 2001, he was appointed leader of a program which implemented a new Branch Banking model and a centralised IT system in Bank Zachodni WBK S.A.

Feliks Szyszkowiak does not conduct competitive business to that of the bank and does not appear in the Insolvent Debtors Register and meets requirements of the Banking Law of 29 August 1997.

 

Carlos Polaino-Izquierdo

Member of Management Board of Santander Bank Polska S.A. in charge of the Financial Accounting and Control Division.

He graduated from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, faculty of Business Administration.

Carlos Polaino Izquierdo started his career in Banco Santander Spain in 1998, previously worked in Ernst & Young. He has held a number of positions in the Santander Group since then. Having served at various management positions in Santander Spain Internal Audit and having gained wide international experience, he was appointed a Deputy of Head of Internal Audit in Santander Brazil in 2006. There, apart from being responsible for ensuring an adequate control environment and correct management of risks, he played an active role in the merger of the different banks from Santander Group operating in in this country.

In May 2011, he was appointed the Head of Internal Audit in BZ WBK Group. Since April 2015, he has been the Member of Management Board of Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. (now Santander Bank Polska S.A.) in charge of the Accounting and Financial Control Division.

Carlos Polaino Izquierdo does not conduct competitive business to that of the bank and does not appear in the Insolvent Debtors Register and meets the requirements of the Banking Law of 29 August 1997.

 

Maciej Reluga

Member of Management Board of Santander Bank Polska S.A., in charge of the Financial Management Division, Chief Economist.

Maciej Reluga graduated from the faculty of Quantitative Methods in Economics at Warsaw University. He also completed a Finance Management Programme at the University of Namur (Belgium). He studied at ICAN Institute’s Strategic Leadership Academy and completed a Senior Management Programme at Banking at the Swiss Finance Institute. He attended trainings and courses, also at Cambridge University.

Maciej Reluga has worked for the Bank since 2002. He is Chief Economist in charge of macroeconomic and market analyses, short- and long-term forecasting as well as the development of stress test scenarios.

In 1998-2002, he worked for ING Bank Śląski and ING Barings.

Between 1996 and 199,8 he was an Analyst with the Central Bank of Poland.

In February 2017, Maciej Reluga was appointed the Management Board Member in charge of the Financial Management Division at Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. (now Santander Bank Polska S.A.)

Maciej Reluga does not conduct competitive business to that of the bank and does not appear in the Insolvent Debtors Register and meets the requirements of the Banking Law of 29 August 1997.

 

Dorota Strojkowska

Member of Management Board of Santander Bank Polska S.A., in charge of the Business Partnership Division.

Dorota Strojkowska is a graduate of Polish and Classical Philology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She also completed post-graduate studies at Poznań University of Economics and Koźmiński University. She also finished a number of training courses on HR management, coaching, strategic planning, financial management and business psychology, including Development of Managerial Skills at Nottingham Trent University and Advance Leadership Programme at ICAN Institute, Harvard Business Review.

Dorota Strojkowska has over 20 years of experience in banking. She has been with Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. for many years now, performing a number of functions: Head of the Organisational Effectiveness Area (2013-2016) Head of the Retail Banking Business Model Coherency (2012-2013) and Team Manager in the CRM and Sales Support Department (2005-2012).

From April to December, 2016 Dorota Strojkowska headed the HR Division in PKO BP.

In April 2017, Dorota Strojkowska was appointed the Management Board Member in charge of the Business Partnership Division at Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. (now Santander Polska S.A.)

Dorota Strojkowska does not conduct competitive business to that of the Bank and does not appear in the Insolvent Debtors Register and meets the requirements of the Banking Law of 29 August 1997.

 

 

All Board Members and all Supervisory Board members comply with the regulations of the Banking Law Act of 29 August 1997 on restrictions on the number of positions held in management boards and supervisory boards in other entities.

Nominations and Remuneration Committee operates within the structures of Santander Bank Polska S.A.

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.

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