Compass Bancshares Announces the Appointment of C. Edward Whitworth to Board of Directors

January 13, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 13, 2009--

Compass Bancshares, Inc. today announced that it has appointed C. Edward "Eddie" Whitworth to the board of directors of Compass Bancshares, Inc. Mr. Whitworth was formerly chairman of the board for LNB (formerly Laredo National Bank).

"I am very pleased that  Eddie Whitworth  will be joining our board of directors. Eddie is an accomplished leader with outstanding experience and our organization will benefit greatly from his expertise and knowledge. I look forward to working with Eddie as we continue to build our franchise in the U.S.," said  Jose Maria Garcia Meyer , BBVA Country Manager-U.S. and Chairman of Compass Bancshares.

Whitworth is a veteran Texas banker with more than 30 years of senior management experience. He most recently served as City President for LNB. Throughout his career, he has worked in virtually every aspect of banking, including lending, credit, audit and trust. Prior to that, he served as president of South Texas National Bank.

"Eddie has made invaluable contributions to the Laredo community and to our business. He has been instrumental in integrating LNB into BBVA Compass. This appointment recognizes both the importance of these Texas markets to our organization's future and Eddie's contribution to our success. As a member of the Compass Bancshares board he will continue to serve the Laredo business community, working 'hand-in-hand' with BBVA Compass leadership in the market," said Manolo Sanchez , President and CEO of BBVA Compass.

Whitworth is a graduate of Texas A&I University and a certified public accountant. He is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Laredo Chamber of Commerce where he previously served on the executive committee and as a member of the board of directors.

Compass Bancshares, Inc. is a Sunbelt-based bank holding company that operates 577 branches inTexasAlabamaArizonaFloridaColorado and New Mexico. Compass is among the top 25 largest banks in the U.S. based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Texas (4th) and Alabama (3rd). Compass Bancshares, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBV) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a financial services group with more than $750 billion in total assets, 47 million clients, 8,000 branches and approximately 112,000 employees in more than 30 countries. BBVA provides its customers around the world with a full range of financial services, including commercial and wholesale banking, retail banking services, consumer loans, mortgages, credit cards, securities brokerage, wealth management, pension plan management and insurance. The BBVA Group maintains a leadership position in SpainMexico, Latin America and the Sunbelt Region of the United States as well as operations in ChinaFranceGermanyHong KongItaly,JapanSingaporeSwitzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Editor's Note:

BBVA CompassSM is a trademark of Compass Bancshares, Inc.


Source: Compass Bancshares, Inc.

For further information: Compass Bancshares, Inc. Ed Bilek, Communications, 205-297-3331