BBVA Compass appoints Süzer and Ortiz to Management Committee roles

- Roles: Süzer becomes Head of Retail Banking, Ortiz is Head of Engineering

- Importance of roles: Appointments critical to helping bank achieve goals in growth, transformation and profitability

- Relevant experience: Both are tenured in corporate transformational efforts

August 01, 2017

HOUSTON, Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --  BBVA Compass announced today the appointment of Çagrı Süzer as Head of Retail Banking and Jorge Ortiz as Head of Engineering, roles that are crucial to the bank's efforts to achieve excellence in customer experience through digital transformation and branch banking.

Jorge Ortiz named Head of Engineering for BBVA Compass.

In their roles, Süzer and Ortiz join the BBVA Compass Management Committee, reporting directly to BBVA Compass President and CEO Onur Genç. According to Genç, the two are filling roles that are critical to achieving the bank's strategic priorities.

"BBVA Compass has come far in its efforts to become one of the top commercial banks in the U.S. having completed integration of several banks and put into place a new core operating system. Now we are ready for the next stage of growth," he said. "Çagrı's experience in leading the payments operations of Garanti, Turkey's second largest bank with more than 950 branches, and Jorge's first-hand understanding of the bank's global engineering and technology operations will help us realize our ambitions and capitalize on our aspirations."

Çagrı Süzer, BBVA Compass Head of Retail Banking

In his role, Süzer will be responsible for BBVA Compass' retail network, with a specific focus on delivery, execution and sales and their corresponding impact on customer experience. He will oversee Retail Sales, Business Planning, Mortgage and Payment Systems. 

This role is Süzer's second assignment under BBVA. Previously, Süzer was the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Digital for BBVA's Garanti Payment Systems, with responsibility for management of nearly 10 million units in its credit and debit card portfolio. Süzer also oversaw product and branches, CRM and data analytics and digital experience and sales.  

Süzer started at Garanti Payment Systems in 2013 as Marketing Director, moving to Executive Vice President of Marketing two years later and Executive Vice President of Marketing and Digital just one year after that. Prior to Garanti, Süzer was at McKinsey & Company rising to Engagement Manager. He started his career at Danone.

Jorge Ortiz, BBVA Compass Head of Engineering

Ortiz rejoins BBVA Compass as the Head of Engineering where he holds responsibility for the company's overall information technology strategy. He directly oversees application systems, telecommunications and systems operations, and manages bank operations, including central operations, loan operations, item processing and trust operations, as well as corporate security and transformation coordination. 

Previously, Ortiz had spent five years as Director of Information Technologies and Head of Design and Development at BBVA Compass where he directed the design and development activities for core banking applications and digital banking. Ortiz left the role when he was promoted to Director of IT Operations and Technical Services for BBVA, based in Mexico City, Mexico, providing core banking services for five BBVA institutions in Mexico, the U.S., Colombia, Peru and Chile.

Ortiz began his career with BBVA in Puerto Rico where he was the Vice President of Technology and Operations for the bank's Puerto Rico operations.

Immediately prior to assuming his new position at BBVA Compass, Ortiz was the Head of Infrastructure and Communication at the BBVA Group in Madrid, Spain, where he was responsible for infrastructure and communications services and strategy worldwide. 

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About BBVA Group
BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group is the largest financial institution in Spain and Mexico and it has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States; and it is also the leading shareholder in Garanti, Turkey's biggest bank for market capitalization. Its diversified business is focused on high-growth markets and it 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 the best practices. More information about BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 651 branches, including 337 in Texas, 89 in Alabama, 63 in Arizona, 61 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 18 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 lenders by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and ranked 5th nationally in the total number of SBA loans originated in fiscal year 2016. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at For more BBVA Compass news, follow @BBVACompassNews on Twitter or visit


Çağrı Süzer named Head of Retail Banking for BBVA Compass.

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