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Betty Jotanovic

Betty Jotanovic

Women's Leadership Council

Betty Jotanovic

EVP, Head of Originations
Santander Consumer USA

Betty Jotanovic is Head of Originations at Santander Consumer USA, and accountable for all Santander Auto and Chrysler Capital originations operations including Credit, Funding and Dealer Management.
Betty joined SC in August 2018, with more than 20 years of experience in the automotive and financial services industries, specializing in senior level leadership in underwriting, funding, collections, business strategy, and tax and treasury. Betty is also a licensed attorney. Prior to joining Santander, Betty led the credit and fulfillment organization at Bank of America for the automotive, RV and Volvo captive lines of business. She has also held senior operational leadership roles for GE Capital and Chrysler Financial. Additionally, Betty has experience with global collections, strategies and technology, having led teams overseeing accounts receivable operations in 19 countries.

My Areas of Expertise: i.e. strategy, marketing, team building, executive management?
Credit, Collections, Operations, Strategy, Tax, Treasury

Areas of expertise upon which I would like to continue learning.

What three keywords best describe you?
Energetic, Passionate, Persistent

Personal Motto:
There's nothing you can't do if you set your mind to it!

What are you passionate about?
Developing and inspiring my team

What is something interesting about you that members might not know?
I have lived in 3 different countries: Yugoslavia, Austria, United States

Who has been a role model for you?
My immigrant parents

What are you most proud of?
Balancing a career and family

a. What would you say are the key success factors for a mentoring relationship?
Ensure you "click" with your mentor, actively participate, keep commitments

b. What advice would you give yourself as a young executive?
Pace yourself; your career is a marathon, not a sprint

c. What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started your career?
Relationships are the key to success in business