Daily News: December 19, 2018

Santander Names Goodall Exec Director, Corporate Social Responsibility

Santander Bank named Seth Goodall as executive director, Corporate Social Responsibility. In this role, Goodall will be responsible for overseeing Santander’s activities related to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and general corporate stewardship for the communities where Santander operates.

Goodall brings a wealth of experience to his new role. He previously served as Santandar’s executive vice president and director of Small Business Administration for Business Banking. Before joining the bank, Goodall was appointed by President Obama as regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, leading SBA operations in New England.

Prior to that, Goodall was an attorney while serving as a state senator and senate majority leader in the Maine Legislature. Early in his career, he co-founded a successful full-service landscaping company.

“Seth’s extensive and unique blend of experience in law, banking and public policy will help Santander continue to positively impact the communities in which we operate,” said Michael Lipsitz, chief legal officer and head of Corporate and Legal Affairs for Santander US. “Santander is committed to responsible banking, and serving our communities is an integral part of that commitment. Santander has made tremendous progress in making a positive community impact, and under Seth’s leadership we will continue to be an active and visible partner in the places where our customers and employees live and work.”

Santander earned an upgraded CRA rating in April, and in October 2017, the bank announced its Inclusive Communities Plan, an $11 billion, five-year commitment to its communities through 2021, during which time Santander plans to increase its CRA activity by 50% and triple its charitable grants.