Blythe Masters Named Chairman Of Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc.

- Blythe Masters succeeds interim Chairman Stephen Ferriss

- Six new directors named to the SCUSA Board of Directors

- The SCUSA Board of Directors now includes six independent directors

Jul 15, 2015, 13:00 ET from Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc.

DALLAS, July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) (SCUSA) today announced the appointment of Blythe Masters as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of SCUSA.

Ms. Masters, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Asset Holdings, succeeds Stephen Ferriss, who served as Interim Chairman since July 3, 2015, and remains on the Board. Prior to leading Digital Asset Holdings, Ms. Masters held senior executive roles at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., where she served as the head of its global commodities business from 2007 to 2014, as the head of Corporate & Investment Bank Regulatory Affairs from 2012 to 2014, and as Chief Financial Officer of J.P. Morgan's investment bank from 2004 to 2007. She also has broad experience leading industry associations and non-profit boards.

T. Timothy Ryan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Santander Holdings USA, Inc., SCUSA's parent company, said, "Ms. Masters' global financial experience and leadership in U.S. banking aligns well with our broad development strategy and objectives for Santander's business in the U.S."

Blythe Masters said, "I am honored to join the SCUSA Board and am pleased to serve as Chairman. SCUSA has an impressive history of growth and entrepreneurship that will serve it well as it builds foundations for the future. I look forward to partnering with my new colleagues and shareholders, and working alongside SCUSA CEO Jason Kulas and his team, as we continue to focus on increasing shareholder value."

Jason Kulas, CEO of SCUSA, said, "Blythe Masters' deep understanding of the financial markets and emerging bank technologies, coupled with her regulatory expertise, make her the right choice to lead the SCUSA Board. She has a long track record as an innovator, which fits SCUSA's entrepreneurial culture and our focus on using data and scalable technology to originate and service attractive consumer assets."

Joining Ms. Masters on the SCUSA Board are new directors Jose Garcia Cantera, Victor Hill, Monica Lopez-Monis Gallego, Javier Maldonado, Robert J. McCarthy and William Rainer. This brings the total number of SCUSA Board members from 12 to 13, six of whom are independent directors. The independent directors are: Stephen Ferriss, Blythe Masters, Robert J. McCarthy, William Rainer, Wolfgang Schoellkopf and Heidi Ueberroth.

Outgoing SCUSA Interim Chairman, Stephen Ferriss, said, "I wish to thank Gonzalo de Las Heras, Roman Blanco, Alberto Sanchez, Javier San Felix, Tagar Olson, Matthew Kabaker, John Corston and William Hendry for their dedication and service to SCUSA.Their contributions were invaluable for the business as it transitioned from a privately held entity through its first year as a publicly traded company." 

Biographies of the Board of Directors of Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc.

Blythe Masters

Ms. Masters, age 46, is the Chief Executive Officer of Digital Asset Holdings, a technology company that uses cryptographically secure distributed ledgers to track and settle financial assets, reducing risk and settlement times. Previously, Ms. Masters held senior executive roles at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., where she served as the head of its global commodities business from 2007 to 2014, as the head of Corporate & Investment Bank Regulatory Affairs from 2012 to 2014, and as Chief Financial Officer of J.P. Morgan's investment bank from 2004 to 2007. Ms. Masters is the former chair of both the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA) and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and currently serves on the boards of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Global Fund for Women. She received her B.A. in economics from Trinity College, Cambridge University.

Stephen A. Ferriss

Mr. Ferriss, age 69, was appointed a director in November 2013 and also serves as the chairman of our Audit Committee and Compensation Committee. He has served as a director of SHUSA and Santander Bank, N.A., a wholly owned subsidiary of SHUSA (SBNA) since 2012 and serves as the chairman of the SHUSA and SBNA Audit Committees and as a member of the SHUSA and SBNA Board Enterprise Risk Management Committees. He is also a member of SHUSA's Board Capital and Regulatory Oversight Committees and of SBNA's Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Oversight Committee.  He is the senior independent director and chairman of the Nominations Committee for Management Consulting Group PLC, London, a publicly traded company on the London Stock Exchange. He also has served as a Board member of Iberchem in Madrid, Spain, since 2007, and previously served as a Board member of Santander Bancorp and Banco Santander Puerto Rico from 2002 to 2010, and as a member of the Audit Committee of those companies from 2004 to 2010. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Santander Investment Securities Inc. from 1999 to 2002 and held various roles at Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown), including managing director and partner of the Bankers Trust Global Investment Bank in London and New York. Mr. Ferriss has a B.A. from Columbia College and an M.I.A. from Columbia University School of International Affairs.

Jose Garcia Cantera

Mr. Garcia Cantera, age 49, is Senior Executive Vice President of Santander and has served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Finance Division of Santander since January 2015. Prior to his current role, Mr. Garcia Cantera was the head of Santander's Global Wholesale Banking Division from May 2012 to January 2015, and served as Chief Executive Officer of Banesto from 2006 to May 2012, having joined the bank in September 2003 as Senior Executive Vice President of Wholesale Banking. Previously, he was a member of the Management Committee of Citigroup Europe, Middle East and Africa ("EMEA") and a director of Citigroup Capital Markets UK and Citigroup EMEA. Mr. Garcia Cantera is an industrial engineer and holds a master's degree in business administration from IE Business School.

Thomas G. Dundon

One of SCUSA's founding partners, Mr. Dundon, age 43, was named President in May 2005 and served in that position until November 2013. He became Chief Executive Officer and a member of our board of directors in December 2006, and was appointed as the chairman of our board of directors in December 2013. He served as Chief Executive Officer and chairman of our board of directors until July 2015. Mr. Dundon is also a director of the nonprofit Santander Consumer USA Inc. Foundation. Mr. Dundon holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Southern Methodist University. 

Victor Hill

Mr. Hill, age 51, has served as Managing Director of Santander Consumer (UK) plc, which he founded, since July 2005 and as Managing Director of First National Motor plc, a subsidiary of Santander Consumer (UK), since February 2004. Mr. Hill joined Lombard North Central plc in 1982, remaining with the business through its change of ownership and rebranding to First National Motor plc in 1998. Mr. Hill has since held a number of executive positions at First National Motor plc, including Head of the Department – Customer Services (Motor Finance) of First National Bank plc from February 1994 to December 1999, Operations Director (Motor Finance) of First National Bank plc from January 2000 to April 2002, Group Customer Services Director of First National Bank plc from May 2002 to April 2003 and Director of First National Motor plc from April 2003 to February 2004. Mr. Hill also serves as a director of Hyundai Capital UK Ltd., Santander Consumer UK, PSA Finance plc and First National Motor plc. He has previously served as a director of several companies in the Abbey National Group from November 2003 to September 2009 and of GE Capital Bank Limited from January 2009 to May 2009. 

Jason Kulas

Mr. Kulas, age 44, has served as SCUSA's CEO since July 2015. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he served as SCUSA's President from 2013 to 2015, and Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2015. Mr. Kulas joined SCUSA after serving as Managing Director in investment banking for JPMorgan Securities, Inc., where he was employed from 1995 to 2007. Mr. Kulas also worked as an analyst for Dun & Bradstreet and as an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University. Mr. Kulas served on SCUSA's board of directors from 2007 to 2012 and currently serves as a member of the Board of the nonprofit Santander Consumer USA Inc. Foundation. He was also a named a member of the Board of SHUSA in July 2015. Mr. Kulas has a B.A. from Southern Methodist University and a master's degree in business administration from Texas Christian University.

Monica Lopez-Monis Gallego

Ms. Lopez-Monis, age 45, has served as the Chief Compliance Officer of Santander since April 2015 and as General Secretary and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Bankinter S.A. since 2014. She has held a number of executive positions at Santander, including as Vice Secretary to the Board of Directors of Santander from 2013 to 2014 and as General Secretary and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Banesto S.A. ("Banesto") from 2009 to 2013. Prior to joining Santander, Ms. Lopez-Monís was General Secretary and Secretary to the Board of Directors of Aldeasa S.A., a company specializing in the airport retail trade, and served as Director of Legal and Tax Consultancy for Bankinter S.A. from 2001 to 2005.  She has been a director of Abertis Infraestructuras S.A. since March 2013 and served on the Board of Governors of the Bar Association of Madrid (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid) from December 2007 to December 2012. She received her degrees in law and in economics and business sciences from University Pontificia de Comillas ICAI-ICADE. 

Javier Maldonado

Mr. Maldonado, age 52, has served as Senior Executive Vice President of Santander, Head of the New General Directorate for Coordination and Control of Regulatory Projects in the Risks Division, since September 2014. Previously, he served as Executive Committee Director, Head of Internal Control and Corporate Development, for Santander (UK) plc ("Santander UK") from May 2012 to September 2014; Vice President in Charge of Closed Funds and Complaints for Banco Santander Brazil from October 2011 to April 2012; General Manager for Santander in the Middle East from January 2011 to September 2011; General Manager of Consumer Finance for Santander in China in 2012; and Chief Executive Officer of the Wealth Management and Corporate Banking Division of Abbey National Bank from 2007 until 2010. Mr. Maldonado has served as a director of Saudi Hollandi Bank Riyadh since 2008, and previously served as a director of ABN AMRO Bank from 2007 to 2010 and of Banco Antonveneta Italy from 2007 to 2008. He holds law degrees from Northwestern University and Madrid University, and practiced corporate and international law for 13 years. 

Robert J. McCarthy

Mr. McCarthy, age 62, has served as Chairman of Hotel Development Partners since March 2014. Mr. McCarthy joined Marriott International, Inc. in 1975, where he served in various leadership positions including Senior Vice President, Northeast Region from 1995 to 2000; Executive Vice President, Operations from 2000 to 2002; President, North America from 2003 to 2009; and Group President from 2009 to 2011, and served as Chief Operations Officer from March 2012 until February 2014. Mr. McCarthy currently is a member of the Board of Trustees at Villanova University and a member of the Board of Priton, LLC. Previously, Mr. McCarthy served as a director of the ServiceSource Foundation, as a member of the Autism Learning Center, as a member of the Dean's Advisory Board at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, as a member of the Dean's Advisory Board at Villanova University School of Business and as a member of the board of managers at Avendra, LLC. Mr. McCarthy holds a B.S. in business administration from Villanova University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Gerald P. Plush

Mr. Plush, age 56, has served as director since April 2014 and also serves as a member of our Nominating and Governance Committee and Executive Committee. Also, since April 2014, Mr. Plush has served as the Chief Financial Officer of SHUSA, where he is also a member of the SHUSA executive management committee. From December 2011 to September 2013, Mr. Plush was a member of the board of directors and President and Chief Operating Officer of Webster Bank, where he had previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer. Before joining Webster Bank, he also served in various roles at MBNA Corporation from 1995 to 2006, most recently as senior executive vice president and managing director for corporate development. Mr. Plush has a B.S. in accounting from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

William Rainer

Mr. Rainer, age 69, has had numerous leadership roles in the finance and banking industry. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Rainer served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OneChicago, LLC, a regulated futures exchange. He has also served as the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1999 to 2001, as Chairman of the United States Enrichment Corporation from 1994 to 1998, and as Founder of Greenwich Capital Markets, Inc. from 1981 to 1988. Previously, Mr. Rainer held various leadership positions at Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. Mr. Rainer served as director of IQ Funds, a family of closed-end mutual funds, from 2004 until 2010. From 1996 to 2000 and from 2004 to 2008, Mr. Rainer served as a Trustee for Southern Methodist University. He has served as a member of the Dean's Council of the Harvard Divinity School since 2003 and as its Chair from 2005 through June 2013. He is currently the Chairman of Shortridge Academy, Ltd. and New Braunfels Communication, Inc. He received his B.A. and MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Wolfgang Schoellkopf

Mr. Schoellkopf, age 82, has served as director since January 2015 and also serves on our Audit Committee. He has had numerous leadership roles in the finance and banking industry, including service on boards of directors and audit committees. He has served on the boards of directors of SHUSA and of SBNA since 2009. Mr. Schoellkopf currently serves as Chairman of the Board Enterprise Risk Committees and a member of the Executive, Compensation, Capital and Audit Committees of SHUSA's and SBNA's boards, and a member of the Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Oversight Committee and the Oversight Committee of SBNA's board. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Schoellkopf served as the Managing Partner of Lykos Capital Management, LLC, a private equity management company. He previously served as General Manager of Bank Austria Group's U.S. operations from 2000 to 2002; as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of First Fidelity Bank N.A. from 1990 to 1996; and as an officer of Chase Manhattan Bank from 1963 to 1988, most recently, as Executive Vice President and Treasurer. From 1997 to June 2014, Mr. Schoellkopf served as a director of Sallie Mae Corporation, including service as its Lead Independent Director and as Chairman of its Compensation Committee. Since 2010, he has served on the Board of The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Sons, Ltd. in Bermuda. Mr. Schoellkopf studied economics at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Munich and Cornell University and lectured in economics at Cornell University and Princeton University.

Heidi Ueberroth

Ms. Ueberroth, age 49, has served as director since April 2014 and serves as the chairman of our Nominating and Governance Committee and as a member of our Compensation Committee. Ms. Ueberroth served in a variety of senior executive positions with the National Basketball Association from 1994 to December 2013 including President of Global Marketing Partnerships and International Operations from 2006 to 2009, and President of NBA International from 2009 to December 2013. She currently serves as a director of the Pebble Beach Company and of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, as a trustee of the Cancer Research Institute, and as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Arts and Science College of Vanderbilt University. Previously, she served on the board of directors of NBA China from 2008 through December 2013 and on the board of directors of Quiksilver from 2006 to 2008. Ms. Ueberroth holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

About SCUSA Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) (SCUSA) is a full-service, technology-driven consumer finance company focused on vehicle finance and personal lending products. The company, which began originating retail installment contracts in 1997, has a managed assets portfolio of more than $46 billion (as of March 31, 2015), has more than two million customers across all credit grades, and is headquartered in Dallas. (www.santanderconsumerusa.com)

About SHUSA Santander Holdings USA, Inc. (SHUSA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE: SAN). Banco Santander is a diversified global retail and commercial bank offering a wide range of financial products to 117 million customers worldwide. SHUSA owns 100% of Santander Bank, N.A., a retail and commercial bank with 703 branches and 9,703 employees in the U.S. northeast, and 59.03% of the common stock of Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC), a Dallas, Texas-based national vehicle finance and personal lending company. For more information about Santander Bank, visit www.santanderbank.com. For more information about Santander Consumer USA, visit www.santanderconsumerusa.com.

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