Sérgio Rial, joined Santander Brasil, in early 2015, as Executive Chairman. He served as CEO for six years, beginning in 2016, and as the head of South America for three years until the end of 2021. Santander Brasil is listed on the São Paulo and in New York Stock Exchange, with 50 million customers, 50,000 employees and assets well above US$ 200 billion. In January 2022, Mr. Rial assumed the position of Chairman of the bank in Brazil, remaining a board member of the group in Spain as well, until his departure in January 2023.
Before joining Santander, Mr. Rial held leadership positions in several large financial and agribusiness companies. He worked at ABN AMRO for 18 years, serving as a member of ABN AMRO´s Global Executive Board (the first non-Dutch) and prior, as CEO of Asia Pacific, SVP Client Coverage in Europe, President in China and Hong Kong, and Head of the Fixed Income Emerging Markets Desks in Amsterdam. After ABN AMRO, Mr. Rial led Bear Stearn´s Capital Markets businesses internationally out of New York. Right after Bear Stearns, Mr. Rial joined Cargill´s Team of senior executives, focusing initially on Cargill´s poultry and food ingredient business throughout Latin America and later assumed the role of Cargill’s Global CFO, being part of Cargill´s senior leadership team and board of directors.
Returning to Brazil, he assumed the role as CEO of Marfrig Global Foods. As a Board Member, he served on the board of Mosaic Fertilizer and Carval in the U.S. and Cyrela Realty in Brazil. He currently serves as a board member of Delta Airlines in Atlanta, as co-chair of The Nature Conservancy’s Latin America Conservation Council, and Chairman of Ebury, a cross border payment fintech focused on SME´s. He is also currently the Chairman of CNF (Brazil´s Financial National Confederation) and is a member of FIESP (São Paulo’s Industrial Federation) Strategic Advisory Board. He studied Law and Economics in Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ and UGF), holds an MBA from IBMEC and has participated in several courses at Insead, Harvard and Wharton.