Santander hires information security chief
Written by Hannah McGrath
Santander has announced that Emma Leith is to join the bank’s UK operations as chief information security officer.
Leith will join the bank with immediate effect, following a spell as director of cyber strategy and programmes at Barclays International. She previously held the chief information security officer role in corporate functions and commodity trading divisions at BP Oil International for seven years.
Santander highlighted her 13 years’ experience of leading cyber security and privacy agendas across a variety of industry sectors including financial services, oil and gas, telecoms and government.
The bank said the newly-created role will focus on delivery of security and privacy services as part of an ongoing strategy to protect systems, information and customers from the growing cyber risk.
Michael Harte, chief operating officer at Santander UK, said: “I’m delighted to appoint Emma as chief information security officer as we continue to build a team delivering innovative products and solutions for our customers and communities that we serve, whilst ensuring information security remains a top priority.”