Santander Bank named Pierre P. Habis head of consumer and business banking, effective May 4, 2020. Habis will oversee the next phase of the consumer bank’s growth and transformation while working to build new products and services for consumers and businesses. He will have responsibility for retail banking and investments, business banking, residential and consumer lending, deposit products, customer experience, marketing, digital, first line risk management and analytics/decision science. He will report to Tim Wennes, Santander US CEO and country head, and Santander Bank president and CEO.
“I am delighted to welcome Pierre to Santander US. His appointment further strengthens our U.S. management team at a critical point as we embark on the next phase of our ambitious transformation plans,” Wennes said. “Pierre’s deep banking and finance experience will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen our regulatory framework, deepen and improve customer relationships, increase profitability and enhance our culture.”
Habis joined Santander Bank after 11 years at MUFG Union Bank, where he was managing director and head of consumer banking, and president of PurePoint Financial. In these roles he was responsible for retail banking, residential and consumer lending, deposits, small business banking, digital, marketing and all aspects of PurePoint Financial. Prior to his tenure at MUFG, Habis spent 20 years in leadership roles in retail and consumer banking at other institutions.