Blockchain Maven Blythe Masters Takes on New Role as Group Senior Advisor on Technology at Santander

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Blythe Masters has taken on a new role as Group Senior Advisor on technology and Blockchain and has joined Santander’s International Advisory Board as well as the Board of Openbank, moving from her role as Chair of Santander Consumer USA.

Banco Santander Executive Chairman Ana Botín said:

“Blythe will bring her expertise in banking, business and blockchain where it will have significant impact to our digital bank, International Advisory Board and strategy team. She has done an outstanding job for SC, and I’m looking forward to her focusing on our global efforts in digital banking.” 

Jason Kulas, President and CEO of SC, said:

“Blythe has been an excellent Chairman of the SC board, and I thank her for her leadership and partnership over the last year. I am pleased that she will continue to be a part of Santander.” 

Masters said:

“I am excited to have this opportunity to work with Banco Santander more expansively. I would also like to thank Bill Rainer; SC CEO, President and Board member, Jason Kulas; and the SC team for their partnership and tireless work to strengthen SC’s business.” 

William Rainer Board the new Board Chairman said:

“I appreciate this opportunity to serve as Chairman of SC’s Board of Directors. I especially look forward to continuing to work closely with my colleagues on the Board, Jason and the entire management team. I also want to thank Blythe for her contributions to Santander Consumer USA during her leadership as Chair and wish her the best in her new and broadened role at Santander.”

Masters is the CEO of Digital Asset, a technology company that builds distributed, encrypted, straight-through processing tools to improve efficiency, security, compliance and settlement speed. Prior to Digital Asset, Blythe spent 27 years at JPMorgan Chase where she served in numerous senior positions at the firm including Head of Global Commodities, and CFO of J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank.

 

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As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Bucharest, Nairobi, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Brussels, Barcelona etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency and, consequently, has built a notable network in the scene.

He’s also a director of a Dutch foundation called The Hackitarians and has run innovation events in London, San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and other cities around the world on topics such Blockchain, Health, Energy, Internet of Things, AI etc.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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