Transatlantic Bank Welcomes New Chairman Fernando Pérez-Hickman

Transatlantic Bank Welcomes New Chairman Fernando Pérez-Hickman

Miriam Lopez to Remain as Bank CEO


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Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 14, 2007–TransAtlantic Bank, a subsidiary of Banco Sabadell, announced today that Grupo Santander’s former Managing Director of Banco Santander International, Fernando Pérez-Hickman, has joined TransAtlantic Bank as Chairman of the Board. Concurrently, Mr. Pérez-Hickman will serve as Deputy Managing Director of Sabadell Group in charge of all Banco Sabadell business in America. Former Chairman Miriam Lopez will continue at the bank as Chief Executive Officer.

“I am very happy to welcome Fernando Pérez-Hickman to our team,” said Lopez. “Fernando brings with him vast experience and a new, fresh outlook. With his international banking experience, we will conquer a whole new world of banking.”

Pérez-Hickman’s business and banking career spans more than 15 years.He began his career at McKinsey and Company in Madrid, Lisbon and Cleveland where he served as Business Analyst, Associate and Engagement Manager from February 1991 to June 1998.

In June 1998, Pérez-Hickman began working for Banco Central Hispano (BCH) as Director of International Private Banking and Chief Executive Officer of Banco Central Hispano USA in New York. After the Banco Santander and BCH merger in early 1999, Pérez-Hickman moved to Miami to serve as the Managing Director of Banco Santander International, the largest international bank in South Florida. Since 2000, he has supervised all the international banks of the Santander Private Banking Division, a business unit with more than U.S. $30 billion in assets.

Pérez-Hickman earned a degree in Business Administration in 1990 from the Universidad de Alicante in Spain. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Management from Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Miriam Lopez has been TransAtlantic Bank’s Chief Executive Officer for 22 years and Chairman of the Board since 2003. She is one of few women to occupy a top leadership position in a South Florida bank. She has served as President of the Florida Bankers Association and has played an active role in the American Bankers Association. Lopez has also made important contributions to the community mentoring public school children. She was recently inducted into the Florida International University Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

Founded in 1984, Transatlantic Bank has seven offices in Miami-Dade. TransAtlantic Bank is dedicated to fostering a community bank culture, distinguished by superior personal service and enhanced by the latest modern technology. The bank works to serve the market through an involved board of directors. It maintains as its mission an absolute commitment to integrity and sound operating practices to continue to be a positive force in the community. TransAtlantic Bank is now a part of Banco Sabadell, the fourth largest bank in Spain.

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Transatlantic Bank Welcomes New Chairman Fernando Pérez-Hickman