Columbia professor Rita McGrath to kick off BBVA Compass' Business Strategy Forum

 Columbia professor Rita McGrath to kick off BBVA Compass' Business Strategy

- Series launches June 18 in Jacksonville, Fla., and includes stops in seven

- Rita McGrath will discuss pointers from her new book, "The End of
Competitive Advantage"

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, June 6, 2013

HOUSTON, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BBVA Compass announced today that
influential author and Columbia Business School professor Rita McGrath will
headline the bank's Business Strategy Forum series, which is designed to put
entrepreneurs and senior executives face to face with the leading business

The series, which begins June 18 in Jacksonville, Fla., and includes stops in
six other cities in the bank's Sunbelt footprint, will combine public
appearances and private speaking engagements for the bank's clients.

"We want to provide our clients with value-added insights that help them grow
their businesses and strengthen our relationships," said Rafael Bustillo, head
of commercial banking for BBVA Compass. "We're doing that in a big way by
joining with Harvard Business Review Press to give our clients direct access
to Rita McGrath. She's one of the world's leading authorities on business
strategy and has a unique perspective on how to compete in a world of constant
change and uncertainty."

Harvard Business Review Press is publishing McGrath's latest book, "The End of
Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your
Business," which was released this week. The book advises executives to learn
how to exploit short-lived opportunities with speed and decisiveness in order
to win in volatile and uncertain environments. Fortune 500 companies and
international organizations have sought her advice, and she has been
recognized as one of the top 10 business school professors to follow on
Twitter (@rgmcgrath).

McGrath will also speak in Birmingham, Phoenix, Denver, Houston, Dallas and
Fort Worth. The series ends on June 27.

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. 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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