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BBVA Compass has announced that it has tapped Maria Holmes as its new head of asset management and trust. Holmes will also lead the registered investment adviser program for BBVA Securities Inc.

A native of Chicago, Holmes has more than 14 years’ experience leading investment, insurance and advisory services activities. She joins the bank from Santander, where she served as national sales director for its US securities business. Before Santander, Holmes held leadership positions at Citi and Fifth Third Bank, where she directed high-performing wealth management teams and programs.

“We were attracted to Maria’s successful track record of developing and executing programs focused on client needs,” said Eddie Castaneda, head of Global Wealth for BBVA Compass. “She will make an immediate contribution as a member of the bank’s leadership team.”

Holmes joins BBVA Compass’ Global Wealth unit and will lead the teams responsible for trading activities and investment operations, risk management and product development. She will be based in Houston.

Holmes inherits an investment platform that helps clients build, protect and share wealth via dedicated portfolio management, tax efficient trading, and an in-house fixed income team and trust system.

BBVA Securities Inc. head Bruce Hagemann said Holmes is expected to help push the bank’s registered investment adviser program forward.

“Our eye is on innovation for every aspect of our business,” said Hagemann. “That’s why Maria’s here — she has a proven ability to transform and lead.”

Holmes earned a bachelor’s degree from National Louis University, and earned a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.



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