Banco Santander, an early adopter of Ripple’s decentralized ledger technology, announced that it will soon be utilizing blockchain and other new technologies within its capital markets business. The goal is to change how securities are issued, traded and settled.
John Whelan is based in Madrid, Spain, and joined Banco Santander’s blockchain lab in 2016. Prior to that, he was co-chairman of the technical steering committee at the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, where he was responsible for documenting requirements for an enterprise-grade Ethereum client that serves the needs of industry while remaining broadly compatible with the EVM of public Ethereum. Whelan also founded and led Coinist, a blockchain-based tokenized asset rating service, and was President of the International Ripple Business Association.
Banco Santander, the world’s ninth-largest financial services company by revenue, has recently appointed two leadership positions in payments, and user experience and new ventures, aiming to further accelerate its digital transformation across its 10 core markets.