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.

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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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About Richard Kastelein

Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015), a partner at ICO services collective Token.Agency ($750m+ and 90+ ICOs and STOs), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of some two dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat. Irish Tech News put him in the top 10 Token Architects in Europe.

Kastelein has an Ad Honorem - Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first Blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute of Software and Technology. In 2018 he was invited to and attended University of Oxford's Saïd Business School for Business Automation 4.0 programme.  Over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division.

Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London (5x), Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, Prague, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara (2x), Shanghai, Singapore (3x), Tel Aviv, Utrecht, Venice, Visakhapatnam, Zwolle and Zurich.

He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com, and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French. A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world. In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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