Statement by Lloyd C. Blankfein

10 September 2014

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. issued the following statement by Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO: 

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Emilio Botin. Over the years, I have admired and respected his extraordinary achievements at Banco Santander.  His example as a visionary and financial statesman will set the standard for many years to come. 

Ana Botin is already one of the most highly respected bankers in the world. I have worked closely with her for many years and her experience, judgment and strong management skills will continue to define Santander as one of the most important global financial institutions. I look forward to seeing her imprint her own vision and priorities in the next chapter of Banco Santander."