Comms chief for bank

Ex-HBOS spinner joins Santander

Shane O'RiordainFormer HBOS communications chief Shane O’Riordain is joining Santander ahead of a likely UK flotation.

Mr O’Riordain moves from Royal Mail where he held the same post through its listing in 2013.

Spanish bank Santander has blown hot and cold on a flotation but this appointment is seen as a strategic move. UK chief executive Nathan Bostock, who joined from Royal Bank of Scotland,  has described it as a “medium-term objective”.

O’Riordain, whose current role is managing director, comms, strategy, regulation and pricing at Royal Mail, ran the comms division at HBOS at the time of its creation through the ill-fated merger of Halifax and Bank of Scotland.


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