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The appointment of Banesto’s chief executive Ana Patricia Botín as chief executive of Santander UK, the big Spanish bank’s British arm, will put one of Spain – and Europe’s – top businesswomen under even more scrutiny. As the FT’s Madrid correspondent Victor Mallet writes

The 50-year-old daughter of Emilio Botín, Santander’s veteran executive chairman, is regarded among Spanish bankers as the heiress apparent who will run the eurozone’s biggest banking group by market capitalisation when her father finally retires.

For Botín, that “heiress” tag is double-edged. Leslie Crawford, then Madrid correspondent, wrote about the bank executive in 2005. She first met her in Mexico in the 1990s and described her as “the very model of a modern female conquistador”.

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Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill is an associate editor and the management editor of the FT. He was City editor of the FT and editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance from September 2006 to December 2010.

He was the FT’s financial editor from June 2005 to September 2006, with overall responsibility for coverage of companies and markets. Before becoming financial editor, he was the FT’s comment & analysis editor, in charge of the paper’s opinion and features pages.

From 1999 to 2003, he was the FT’s New York bureau chief. He joined the FT in 1988 and has also worked as foreign news editor, UK companies reporter and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.

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Pino Bethencourt is a professor and leadership expert at IE Business School in Madrid. She is also an author and executive coach.

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Linda Tarr-Whelan, former ambassador to the UN commission on the status of women, is a Demos distinguished senior fellow.