BBVA Compass welcomes experienced private banker to new markets

       BBVA Compass welcomes experienced private banker to new markets

- Bank hires Mark Chiappara to serve ultra-high-net-worth clients in U.S.

PR Newswire

MIAMI, Aug. 20, 2013

MIAMI, Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --BBVA Compass today announced that Mark
Chiappara has joined its U.S. private wealth management business as a senior
private banker.

In his new role, Chiappara will focus on serving ultra-high-net-worth clients
and select private institutions in the United States.

"Mark's tremendous skill set, which includes capital markets and structured
lending, have contributed to his position as one of the top private bankers in
the country," said Steve Sanak, director of Private Banking at BBVA Compass.
"With a proven track record of capturing new relationships, we expect Mark to
have a significant impact on our Wealth Management business."

Prior to joining BBVA Compass, Chiappara held senior positions at Deutsche
Bank, Bank of America, Lehman Brothers and Goldman Sachs.

Chiappara earned a bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University and a
master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, and
has achieved the CPA designation.

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. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More
information about the BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 688
branches, including 352 in Texas, 90 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 64 in
California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass
ranks among the top 25 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 was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model
Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional information about
BBVA Compass can be found at

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


Contact: Brittany Fish, Corporate Communications, Tel. 713-831-5582,
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