Bill Helms becomes vice chairman of BBVA Compass board of directors
- Wealth Management executive brings decades of experience to new role
- Jeff Talpas will oversee new Wealth & Retail Banking group
HOUSTON, Aug. 23, 2013
HOUSTON, Aug. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --BBVA Compass announced today that
William C. Helms has been appointed vice chairman of the BBVA Compass board of
Until now, Helms has led the bank's Wealth Management business, overseeing
private banking, asset management, international wealth management,
broker-dealer activities and registered investment advisors.
"Bill brings a deep understanding of our strategic direction and will greatly
enrich our board," said Manolo Sanchez, BBVA U.S. country manager and
president and CEO of BBVA Compass. "His leadership has helped us successfully
implement our innovative, customer-focused business model across our growing
U.S. footprint. We are fortunate to have his counsel."
In addition to serving on the bank's board of directors, Helms joins the board
of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., the bank's holding company. He will be active
in business development and in supporting the bank's growth as directed by
executive management. He also will oversee BBVA Compass' national and local
advisory boards and be involved in the bank's government relations efforts.
Jeff Talpas, a member of the bank's Management Committee who has overseen the
bank's Retail line of business, will lead the new combined Wealth & Retail
Banking group. The move brings together all of the bank's consumer segments in
a single area led by Talpas, who has more than 25 years of experience in the
financial services industry.
Helms joined Compass Bank in 2003 after serving in various leadership roles in
the financial industry, including as co-president of Bank of America's private
bank. He serves on the Chancellor's Council for the University of Texas System
and as an advisory director for the McCombs School of Business at the
University of Texas. He also serves on the board for the McGovern Museum of
Health and Medical Science, and recently served on the boards of the Greater
Houston Partnership, the Houston Grand Opera and the Museum of Fine Arts,
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 www.bbva.com.
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 www.bbvacompass.com.
Editor's Note: BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank, member FDIC.
SOURCE BBVA Compass
Contact: Jena Moreno, Corporate Communications, Tel. +1-713-831-5867,
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