New economist joins research team at BBVA Compass

              New economist joins research team at BBVA Compass

- Shushanik Papanyan will focus on macroeconomic issues

- Economic Research team forecasts economy, examines Sunbelt regional data

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, March 27, 2013

HOUSTON, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Economist Shushanik Papanyan has
joined the BBVA Compass economic research team, a group recognized by
Bloomberg for its accurate forecasting.


Before joining the bank, Papanyan taught at the University of North Texas and
the University of Texas at Arlington. Most recently, she worked as a
consultant for the Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute of the Federal
Reserve Bank of Dallas.

"We are pleased to have Shushanik join us and help us enhance our
macroeconomics research," said Nathaniel Karp, chief economist for BBVA
Compass. "Her knowledge about monetary policy, business cycles and
international economics will help us improve our models and forecasts."

Papanyan earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Houston and a
master's degree in international studies from the University of Notre Dame.
She earned her bachelor's in international economics from Yerevan State
University in Armenia and is fluent in Russian and Armenian.

Papanyan is often invited to present her research on U.S. business cycles, as
well as global economic fluctuations at various academic conferences in the
U.S. and abroad. Her work has been published in the Journal of Forecasting, an
industry publication.

Karp's team analyzes the U.S. economy and Federal Reserve monetary policy. For
its analyses, the economists create models and forecasts for growth,
inflation, monetary policy and industries. The economic research team also
follows a variety of issues that affect the Sunbelt states where BBVA Compass

The bank's economic research group includes Kim Fraser, Jason Frederick, Boyd
Nash-Stacey, Marcial Nava and Alejandro Vargas. Follow their work on Twitter

About BBVA Group

BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned
subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global
financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in
Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico, and has leading
franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its
diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on
technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. BBVA ranks among the
leading eurozone banks in terms of return on equity and efficiency. Corporate
responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial
education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It
operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies best
practices. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 708
branches, including 367 in Texas, 93 in Alabama, 79 in Arizona, 65 in
California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass
ranks among the top 20 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market
share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and
Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small
Business Administration lenders and ranked third in American Banker's 2012
reputation study of the leading 30 banks in the U.S. Additional information
about BBVA Compass can be found at

Editor's Note:
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.


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