TransAtlantic Bank Chairman Fernando Perez-Hickman at forefront of Spanish banks' march into US market
Fernando Pérez-Hickman joined Transatlantic Bank as chairman of the board in June after that bank's acquisition by Banco Sabadell. Concurrently, he serves as deputy managing director of Sabadell Group in charge of all Banco Sabadell business in America.
As part of his role, Mr. Pérez-Hickman is at the forefront of one of the hottest trends in international banking: the expansion of Spanish banks in Miami and other parts of North America.
His unusual surname comes from distant English ancestors. "I'm not sure in which generation, but we had family in England. In order not to lose the last name, they made Pérez-Hickman a hyphenated last name."
Mr. 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, Mr. 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, Mr. Pérez-Hickman moved to Miami to serve as the managing director of Banco Santander International, the largest international bank in South Florida. In 2000, he was named to supervise all the international banks of the Santander Private Banking Division, a business unit with more than US $30 billion in assets.
He resides in Key Biscayne with his wife and three children, the youngest two born in the United States.
He discussed the challenges and opportunities of international banking with Miami Today staff writer Wayne Tompkins.
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